Skip to main content

Full text of "Historic Jamaica : With fifty-two illustrations"

See other formats




^ ^OTTien university LiDrarv 

F 1883.C97 

Historic Jamaica :With fifty-two illustr 

3 1924 020 417 527 

Cornell University 

The original of tliis book is in 
tine Cornell University Library. 

There are no known copyright restrictions in 
the United States on the use of the text. 


Is it nature or by the error of fantasie that the seeing of 
places we know to have been frequented or inhabited by men 
whose memory is esteemed or mentioned in Stories, doth in 
some sort move and stirre us up as much or more than the 
hearing of their noble deeds or reading of their compositions ? 


The care which a nation devotes to the preservation of the 
monuments of its past may serve as a true measure of the 
degree of civilization to which it has attained. 

Les Archives Principales de Moscou du Minist^re 
des Affaires Stranger es, Moscow, 1898. 












London, Englanb 


In the year 1900 the present writer published a small 
volume entitled " Studies in Jamaica History," giving the 
records of certain historic sites in the colony. 

In its issue of October 27, 1908, the Editor of the " West 
India Committee Circular," commenting on the appoint- 
ment of a Royal Commission to enumerate and report upon 
the historical monuments in England, drew attention to the 
need for the preservation of historic sites and buildings in 
the West Indies, and stated that a letter on the subject had 
been addressed by the West India Committee to the Colonial 
Office. On November 24 he was able to state that the 
Secretary of State for the Colonies (the Earl of Crewe) 
sympathised with the object of the West India Committee 
and had forwarded their representations to the governors of 
the various West Indian colonies, recommending them to 
their consideration. 

In Jamaica the present writer, at the request of the 
Governor (Sir Sydney Olivier) and with the consent of the 
Board of Governors of the Institute of Jamaica, undertook 
to prepare a list, parish by parish, of historic sites, buildings 
and monuments, stating in each case the nature of its 
interest and the name of its owner. This list was published 
as a special supplement to the " Jamaica Gazette " on 
December 23, 1909 ; and in November 1912 it was reprinted 
as part of a report relating to the preservation of historic 


sites and ancient monuments and buildings in the West 
Indian colonies presented to Parliament. 

In the meantime the present writer had commenced a 
series of articles in the " West India Committee Circular " 
dealing with historic sites and monuments in Jamaica, 
which appeared from Octoher 1909 till October 1914. 

At the suggestion of various persons interested in the 
subject it was decided to reprint these articles. In doing 
this it has been thought well to arrange them parish by 
parish and to add a few words of general history, taken in 
part from the writer's contributions to the "Handbook of 
Jamaica," and of descriptions of sites and monuments which 
have not been treated of individually. 

It is hoped that the following notes may not only serve 
the double purpose of evoking interest in the history of the 
colony in the minds of its inhabitants and proving a source 
of information to visitors, but may be the means of steps 
being taken to preserve old buildings and other monuments 
alike from decay and the hand of man. 

A list of works consulted in the compilation of the notes 
embodied in this volume would comprise almost all the 
books in the Jamaica section of the West India Library of 
the Institute of Jamaica, some 1400 in number. 

My thanks are due to Mrs. Lionel Lee for making the 
illustrations and to Mr. Algernon E. Aspinall for kind assist- 
ance in seeing the work through the press. 

F. C. 
Kingston, Jamaica. 





Governors, Presidents of the Council, Speakers of the Assembly-, 
Chief Justices, Attorney- Generals, Naval Commanders-in-chief 
at Jamaica, Agents for Jamaica in Great Britain xiii 


Aboriginal inhabitants, Arawaks : physical features, language, 
beliefs, habitations, implements, name of Jamaica, other 
Arawak names : Spanish occupation, hatos, towns, buildings, 
names: English possession, ancient monuments, -buUdings, 
slavery, polities, forts; religion, agriculture!, education, printing, 
mapSi parishes, counties, place-names, Jamaica overseas 1 


The Point : Shirley : Jackson : Forts : Residence- oi the 
Governor: Church: Buccaneers l Myngs : Morgan :. Earth- 
quake of 1692 : Spanish bell : Fire of 1703-4 ; Hurricane of 
1722 : Attempt on Cartagena, Ogle, Smollett : Rodney : 
Water-supply : Rodney's Look-out : Fort Charles : Nelson's 
Quarter-deck : Rodney's victory over De Grasse : the Convoy : 
Prince William Henry : Lady Nugent : Gosse : HiU : Urgent 45 


Passage Fort : Jackson : Penn and Venables : Spanish-Town : 
Raymond and Tyson : Cathedral, monuments, plate, rectors, ^ 
Earl of Effingham, Countess of Elgin: House of Assembly: 
Eagls House : Sir Hans Sloane's House : King's House : 
Rodney Memorial : St. John's, Guanaboa Vale : Church of St. 
Dorothy : Colebeck Castle : Galdy's Tomb : Ferry Inn : Fort 
Augusta: Rodney's Look-out : Port Henderson 81 


Earthquake, site : Lilly, plan : Fire, 1780 : Corporation : Fires, 
1843, 1862, 1882 : Earthquake, 1907 : Names of streets : 
Parish church, Knight, Lewis, Hakewill, plate, rectors, records, 
Benbow, monuments : Scotch Church : Headquarters House : 
Thomas Hibbert : General officers : Old Mico ; BlundeU Hall : 



Institute of Jamaica : Arawak pottery : Chancellor's purse : 
maces: Monuments, Sir Charles Metcalfe, Queen Victoria, 
Edward Jordan, Dr. Bowerbank, Father Dupont, Rev. John 
KadclifEe, Kev. W. J. Gardner : Wharves 147 


Liguanea: Halfway-Tree: Old Burial- Ground : Church of 
St. Andrew, records, monuments, rectors : Lundie's pen : 
King's House : Admiral's Pen : Rook Fort : Fort Nugent : 
Constant Spring : Raymond Hall : Up-Park Camp : Bertha- 
ville : Mico College : Stony Hill Barracks : Garden House : 
Hope : Jamaica College : Lumb drinking-trough : Newcastle : 
Jewish Burial-Ground : Hunt's Bay : Kitchen - middens : 
Norbrook : Hope : Long Mountain : Caves : Dallas Castle : 
Bloxburgh: Silver Hill: Cane River Falls: Hagley Gap: 
Catherine's Peak : Gordon Town : Dallas Castle : Manning's 
Hill: Salt Hill: Morce's Gap : Hardwar Gap : Scarlett 197 


Name : Yallahs, church, plate : Luke Stokes : Stokes 
Hall : Stokesfield, Estate accounts : Morant Bay : Rebellion : 
Eyre, Gordon : Church, Bath, Spring, Court House : 
Botanical Gardens : Dr. Dancer : Belvedere : Lyssons, 
Sir John Taylor, Simon Taylor : Hordley, Monk Lewis : 
Albion : Arawak remains at Cambridge Hill and Botany Bay : 
Cow Bay and Bull Bay 236 


Name : Titchfield : Early settlement : School : St. George : 
Olivier Park : Carder Park : Moore Town : Muirton : Darling- 
ford : Low Layton : Spring Garden : Modyford's Gully : 
Baloarres HUl : Seaman's Valley 254 


Name : Gray's Inn, Spanish remains : Decoy, Tomb of Sir 
Charles Price, Gardens : Sir Charles Price's rat : Agualta 
Vale : Dryland : Fort Haldane : Prospect : Heywood Hall 259 


Historic interest : Liberty HiU : Arawak remains : Dry 
Harbour : Landing of Columbus, 1494 : Don Christopher's 
Cove : Residence of Columbus, 1503-4 : Mendes, rebellion 
of Porras, appeal to Hispaniola, bravery of Bartolommeo 
Columbus : Sevilla Nueva, Sloane's account, Peter Martyr, 
Ocho Rios, Chireras : Doyley's defeat of Sasi : Rio Nuevo 
in St. Mary, Pinal defeat of Sasi : Runaway Bay : Sevilla 



Nueva : Cardi£E Hall : Edinburgh Castle, Hutchinson : Mon- 
eague Tavern : Forts, Manimee Bay, St. Ann's Bay, Windson 
Forest : Priory : Dixon Pen : Geddes : York Castle ; Dry 
Harbour Caves : Walton, Jamaica Free School 267 


Falmouth : Martha Brae : Bryan Castle, Bryan Edwards and 
his writings : Fort Dundas : Hyde Hall : Kitchen-middens 300 


Montego Bay : Close Harbour : Church, rectors : Mrs. Rosa 
Palmer : Maroons, Block House, Maroon Town, Accompong, 
War, Walpole, Treaty, Balcarres, Gillespie, Maroons in Nova 
Scotia : Duckett's Spring, the Scarletts : Rose Hall : Arawak 
Middens and Caves 319 


Luoea, church : Rusea : Shettlewood 343 


Savanna-la-Mar, church : Bluefields and Gosse : Cornwall 
and Monk Lewis : Roaring River, Fort William and Williams- 
field and Beckford 346 


Black River : Munro and Dickenson : Lacovia : Catadupa 369 


Mandeville : Sir William Scarlett : Bridges 372 


Carlisle Bay : Vere Church, rectors, monuments : Church of 
the White Cross : Morgan's Valley : Chapeltoa Church : Halse 
Hall: Longville: Kellets 373 

INDEX 398 


With the exception of the full page-plates and the ttoo maps, 
the illustrations are from sketches by Mrs. Lionel Lee. 


Arawak Bowl 1 

Mealing-stone 2 

Arawak Pestle 3 

Sketch Map of Jamaica, circa 1661 7 

Branding-iron 15 

Sketch Map of Jamaica, circa 1866 41 


Spanish Church bell, from Port Royal 56 

Nelson's Quarter-deck 68 
Kingston Harbour in 1774. From an enyruving in Long's " History 

of Jamaica" facing 70 

rigure-head of the Ahouhir 71 


Passage Fort 


Cathedral, Spanish Town 


King's House, Spanish Town 


Court House, Spanish Town 


Rodney's Statue, Spanish Town 


House of Assembly, Spanish Town 


The Lady Juliana in tow of the Pallas in 1782. 

From an aquatint 

hy Robert Dodd 



Colebeck Castle 


The Perry Inn 



Kingston, Harbour Street in 1820. From a coloured engraving in 

Hahewill's " Picturesque Tour of Jamaica " facing 150 

The Parish Church 157 

Date-Tree HaU in 1906 180 

Statue of Sir Charles Metcalfe 187 

Statue of Queen Victoria 194 




Halfway-Tree Church in 1906 200 

King Edward's Clock Tower, Halfway -Tree 208 

Admiral's Pen 211 

Rock Fort 212 

Fort Nugent 215 

Raymond HaU 219 
Up-Park Camp in 1840. From a coloured lithograph by Joseph 
B. Kidd (Frontispiece) 


Stokes Hall 241 

Albion Estate 252 


Port Antonio in 1770. From an engraving facing 256 

Tomb of Sir Charles Price 261 


Dry Harbour 268 

Don Christopher's Cove 273 

Rio Novo 285 

Cardifi Hall 294 
Moneague Tavern in 1844. From a daguerreotype by Adolphe 

Diiperly facing 302 

Slave Punishment Cell at Geddes 303 

Bryan Castle 307 

Block-house, Maroon Town 324 

Rose Hall 341 

Fort William, Aqueduct 360 

Fort William Estate, from the site of old Great House 361 

Roaring River Estate in 1774. From an engraving by Thomas 

Vivares after a painting by George Robertson facing 364 

Savanna-la-Mar in 1840. From a coloured lithograph by Joseph 

B- Kidd facing 366 


Carlisle Bay 375 

Vere Parish Church, at the Alley 382 

Morgan's VaUey 39^. 

Halse Hall Great House 390 


The following tables are inserted for reference. The list of 
Governors is complete. The others are as complete as it has 
hitherto been found possible to make them. There are portraits in 
Jamaica History Gallery in the Institute of Jamaica of those to 
whom an * is suffixed. 


General Edward Doyley. 

Thomas, Lord Windsor.* 

Sir Charles Lyttelton.* 

Colonel Edward Morgan. 

Colonel Thomas Lynch. 

Sir Thomas Modyford, Bt. 

Sir Thomas Lynch. 

Sir Henry Morgan.* 

John, Lord Vaughan.* 

Sir Henry Morgan. 

Charles, Earl of Carlisle.* 

Sir Henry Morgan. 

Sir Thomas L5mch. 

Colonel Hender Molesworth. 

Christopher, Duke of Albemarle.* 

Sir Francis Watson. 

William, Earl of Inchiquin.* 

John White. 

John Bourden. 

Sir William Beeston. 

>y fs " 

Maj.-Gen. William Selwyn. 
Peter Beckford.* 
Colonel Thomas Handasyd. 
Sir Thomas Handasyd. 
Lord Archibald Hamilton. 
Peter Heywood. 
Sir Nicholas Lawes. 





























t Administrations during temporary absences of Governors have not 
been included. 



Dep. -Governor 

Lieut. -Gov. 


Lieut. -Gov. 


Lieut. -Gov. 


Lieut. -Gov. 





Lieut. -Gov. 

Lieut. -Gov. 


1722-26. Henry, Duke of Portland. Governor. 

1726-28. John Ayscough. President. 

1728-34. Maj.-Gen. Robert Hunter. Governor. 

1734-35. John Ayscough. President. 

1735. John Gregory. „ 

1735-36. Henry Cunningham. Governor. 

1736-38. John Gregory. President. 

1738-52. Edward Trelawny. Governor. 

1752-56. Admiral Charles Knowles.* Governor. 

1756-59. Henry Moore. Lieut. -Gov. 

1759. General George Haldane. Governor. 

1760-62. Henry Moore. Lieut. -Gov. 

1762-66. William Henry Lyttelton. Governor. 

1766-67. Roger Hope Elletson. Lieut. -Gov. 

1767-72. Sir William Trelawny. Governor. 

1772-74. Lieut. -Col. John Balling. - , . Lieut. -Gov. 

1774-77. Sir Basil Keith. Governor. 

1777-81. Colonel John Balling. Lieut. -Gov. 

1781-83. Maj.-Gen. Archibald Campbell.* „ „ 

1783-84. „ „ „ Governor. 

1784-90. Brig. -Gen. Alured Clarke.* Lieut. -Gov. 

1790-91. Thomas, Earl of Effingham.* Governor. 

1791-95. Maj.-Gen. Adam Williamson. Lieut. -Gov. 

1795-01. Alexander, Earl of Balcarres.* „ „ 

1801-06. Lieut.-Gen. George Nugent.* „ „ 

1806-08. Sir Eyre Coote.* 

1808-11. William, Duke of Manchester.* Governor. 

1811-13. Lieut.-Gen. Edward Morrison. Lieut. -Gov. 

1813-21. William, Buke of Manchester Governor. 

1821-22. Maj.-Gen. Henry Conran.* Lieut.-Gov. 

1822-27. William, Buke of Manchester Governor. 

1827-29. Maj.-Gen. Sir John Keane.* Lieut.-Gov. 

1829-32. Somerset, Earl of Belmore.* Governor. 

1832. George Cuthbert. President. 

1832-34. Constantine, Earl of Mulgrave.* Governor. 

1834. George Cuthbert. President. 

1834. Maj.-Gen. Sir Amos Noroot. Lieut.-Gov. 

1834-36. Peter, Marquis of Sligo.* Governor. 

1836-39. Sir Lionel Smith. „ 

1839-42. Sir Charles Metcalfe.* 

1842-46. James, Earl of Elgin.* 

1846-47. Maj.-Gen. Sackville Berkeley. Lieut.-Gov. 

1847-53. Sir Charles Edward Grey. Governor. 

1853-56. Sir Henry Barkly.* 

1856-57. Maj.-Gen. E. Wells Bell. Lieut.-Gov. 

1857-62. Captain Charles Barling.* Governor. L 

1862-64. Edward John Eyre.* Lieut.-Gov. 

1864-66. „ „ „ Governor, 



1866. Sir Henry Storks.* Governor. 

1866-74. Sir John Peter Grant.* 

1874. W. A. Yovmg. Administ. 

1874-77. Sir William Grey.* Governor. 

1877. Edward Rushworth. Lieut. -Gov. 

1877. Maj.-Gen. Mann. Administ. 

1877-80. Sir Anthony Musgrave.* Governor. 

1879-80. Edward Newton. Lieut. -Gov. 

1880-83. Sir Anthony Musgrave. Governor. 

1883. Col. Somerset M. Wiseman Clarke. Administ. 

1883. Maj.-Gen. Gamble. 

1883-89. Sir Henry Norman.* Governor. 

1889. Col. William Clive Justice. Administ. 

1889-98. Sir Henry Arthur Blake. Governor. 

1898. Maj.-Gen. Hallowes. Administ. 

1898-04. Sir Augustus W. L. Hemming.* Governor. 

1904. Sydney Olivier. Administ. 

1904. Hugh Clarence Bourne. „ 

1904-07. Sir James Alexander Swettenham. Governor. 

1907. Hugh Clarence Bourne. Administ. 

1907-15. Sir Sydney Olivier. Governor. 

1913. Philip Clarke Cork. Administ. 

1913- Sir William Henry Manning. Governor. 



General Edward Doyley, Oovernor and President 


Colonel Thomas Lynch 


Major-General James Bannister 


Colonel Hender Molesworth {afterwards Baronet). 


Sir Francis Watson 


John White 


John Bourden 


Peter Beckford 

Francis Rose 


John Ayscough 


John Gregory 


Archibald Sinclair 


Thomas Iredell 


John Palmer 


Thomas Wallen 


John Scott 


Nathaniel Beckford 


John Lewis 


George Pinnock 


George Cuthbert 


1838. William Rowe 

1840. James Gayleard 

1856. John Salmon 


1 866-91 . The governor for the time being 

1892. Dr. J. 0. Phillippo 

1893 et seq. The governor for the time being 


1866 et seq. The governor for the time being 


1664. Robert R-eeman 

1664. Sir Thomas Whetstone 

1671. Samuel Long 

1672-73. Major John Colebeck (-pro tern.) 

1673. Samuel Long 

1677. Lieut.-Col. William Beeston 

1679-88. Samuel Bernard 

1688. George Nedham (pro tern.) 

1688. Roger Hope EUetson 

„ Thomas Rives 

„ John Peeke 

1691-92. Thomas Sutton 

1693. Andrew Langley 

1694. James Bradshaw 
1698. Thomas Sutton 

1701, Andrew Langley 

1702. Francis Rose 
1702-03. Andrew Langley 

1704. Edward Stanton 

1705. Matthew Gregory 

1706. Hugh Totterdale 
„ Jolm Peeke 

„ Matthew Gregory 

1707-11. Peter Beokford, jun. 



William Brodrick 


Samuel Vassall {pro tern.) 


Peter Beckford, jmi. 


Hugh Totterdale 


Jolm Blair 


Peter Beckford 


William Nedham 


Edmund Kelly 


George Modd 


William Nedham 


John Manley {pro tern.) 


Francis Melling 


Thomas Beckford 


John Stewart 


William Nedham 


Charles Price [afterwards Sir Charlep, Bt.] {pro tern.) 


Richard Beckford {pro tern.) 


St >J 


Rdward Mflnning 


Thomas Hibbert 


Charles Price 


Charles Price, jun. [afterwards 2nd Baronet] 


Thomas Fearon {pro tern.) 


Charles Price, jun. 


William Nedham 


Edward Long 


Phillip Pinnock* 


Nicholas Bourke 


Charles Price, jun. 


Phillip Pinnock 


Sir Charles Price (2nd Baronet) 


Jasper Hall* 


Samuel Williams Haughton 


Thomas French {pro tern.) 


William Pusey {pro tern.) 


William Blake {pro tern.) 


William Blake 


Donald Campbell 


Keane Osbom 


Philip Redwood 


James Lewis 


David Finlayson 


Richard Barrett 


Robert Allwood 


Richard Barrett 


Edward Panton 


Samuel Jackson Dallas* 


1849. Charles MoLarty Morales* 

1861. Edward Jordon {pro tem.)'* 

1864. Charles Hamilton Jackson* 



Philip Ward 

Samuel Barry- 


William Mitchell 




John White 


Sir Thomas Modyford 


Samuel Long 


Robert Byndloss 


Samuel Bernard 


Robert Noell 


Roger EUetson 


Richard Lloyd 


Richard Lloyd 


Nicholas Lawes 


Peter Beckford 


Peter Heywood 


John Walters 


Peter Heywood 


Peter Bernard 


John Ayscough 

{d. 1736) 

Edward Pennant 


Richard Mill 


John Gregory 


James Hay 


George Ellis 


John Gregory 


Dennis Kelly 


William Nedham 


John Hudson Guy 


John Palmer 


Thomas Fearon 


George Ellis 


Thomas Beach 


Peter Haywood 


Edward Webley 


Richard Welch 


Thomas French 


John Grant 


Thomas Harrison {pro tem. 


1792. William Jackson 

1801. JohnHenckell 

1802. JohnKirby 
1808. John Lewis 

„ Philip Redwood 

1818. Thomas Witter Jackson 

1 821 . Sir William Anglin Scarlett* 

1832. Sir Joshua Rowe* 

1855. Sir Bryan Edwards* 

1869. Sir John Lucie-Smith 

1 884. Sir Adam Gibb Ellis* 

1896. Sir Henry James Burford-Hancock 

1896. Sir Fielding Clarke 

1910. Sir Anthony CoU 




Edmund Ducke 


Sir Richard Dereham 


Simon Musgrave 


William Brodrick 


Thomas Barrow 


Charles Brodrick 


Edward Haskins 


Robert Hotchlsyn 


William Brodrick 


Edmund Kelly 


William Monk 


Alexa,nder Henderson 


Thomas Howe 


Matthew Concanen 


Thomas Hill 


Robert Penny 


Henry Morgan Byndloss 


Richard Beckford 


Gilbert Ford 


Edward Penny 


Thomas Gordon 


Thomas Beach 


Thomas Harrison 


Robert Sewell 


George Crawford Ricketts 


William Ross 


Thomas Witter Jackson 


William Ross 


1810. Thomas Witter Jackson 

1818. William Burge 

1829. Hugo James 

1832. Fitz Herbert Batty 

1833. Dowell O'Reilly 
1857. Alexander Heslop* 
1872. E. A. 0. Schalch 

1876. G. H. Bame 

1877. E. L. O'Mally 

1 881 . Sir Henry Hicks Hooking 

1 896. (Sir) Henry Rawlins Pipon Sohooles 

1906. Thomas Bancroft Oughton 

1910. Ernest St. John Branch 


1656. Sir William Penn, Admiral and General-at-sea* 

1655-57. Vice- Admiral William Goodsonn 

1656-57. Vice-Admiral Christopher Myngs* 

1662. Col. Mitchell, chief over the sea-ofScers 
1662-64. Vice- Admiral Christopher Myngs 

1663. Sir Thomas Whetstone, commanded a fleet at 

1669. Henry Morgan, " Commander -in Chief of all the ships 

of war " of Jamaica (commission from Governor) 
1676. The Duke of York was Admiral of Jamaica and all 

other his Majesty's Plantations and Dominions 
[1692. Commodore Wrenn, commanded in the West Indies 
1692. Rear -Admiral Sir Eranois Wheler, commanded in the 

West Indies] 
1702. Vice-Admiral Benbow* 

[1703. Vice-Admiral John Graydon, commanded a fleet in 

the West Indies] 
1703-05. Sir William Whetstone, Commander-in-Chief in the 

West Indies 
[1706. Commodore William Kerr, commanded a fleet in the' 

West Indies 
1706. Sir John Jennings, commanded a fleet in the West- 

1707-09. Rear-Admiral Charles Wager* 
1710-12. Conunodore James Littleton 
1712. Rear-Admiral Sir Hovenden Walker 

1720. Commodore Vernon, Commander-in-Chief of all his 

Majesty's ships in the West Indies* 


[1726-27. Vice-Admiral l^anois Hosier, commanded a squadron 
in the West Indies] 

1727. Commodore Edward St. Lo, in command of West 

India Station 

1728. Vice- Admiral Edward Hopson, in command of West 

India Station 
1728-29. Rear-Admiral Edward St. Lo, in command of West 
India Station 

1729. Commodore William Smith 

1730-33. Rear -Admiral the Hon. Charles Stuart, in command 

of West India Station 

1732. Commodore Richard Lestock 

1732-39. Commodore Sir Chaloner Ogle* 

1736-37. Captain Digby Dent 

[1739-42. Adiniral Edward Vernon, commanded in the West 


1742-44. Rear-Admiral Sir Chaloner Ogle. 

[1744. Vice-Admiral Thomas Davers, died at Jamaica] 

1746. Captain Cornelius Mitchell 

1747. Captain Digby Dent 
1747-49. Rear-Admiral Charles Knowles 
1749-52. Commodore the Hon. George Townshend 
1755-57. Rear-Admiral the Hon. George Townshend 
1757. Rear-Admiral Thomas Cotes 

1 760-61 . Rear-Admiral Charles Holmes 

1762. Commodore Sir James Douglas 

[1762. Admiral Sir George Pocock, Commander-in-Chief of 

expedition against Havana] 

1762-64. Rear-Admiral Viscount Keppel 

1764-66. Rear-Admiral Sir William Burnaby 

1766-69. Rear-Admiral W. Parry 

1769-70. Commodore Arthur Eorrest* 

1771-74. Rear-Admiral Sir George Rodney* 

1774-78. Vice-Admiral Clarke Gayton 

1778-82. Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Parker* 

[1779. Captain Horatio Nelson, commanded in Fort Charles, 

Port Royal]* 

1782-83. Rear-Admiral Joshua Rowley 

1783-84. Vice-Admiral James Gambler 

1785. Commodore John Pakenham 

1785. Captain Alan Gardner* 

1786. Rear-Admiral Alexander Innes 

1786-89. Commodore Alan (afterwards Lord) Gardner 

1790-93. Rear-Admiral Philip Affleck 

1793-95. Rear-Admiral John Ford 

1796 Rear-Admiral William Parker 

1796. Commodore Richard Rodney Bligh* 


1796-1800. Vice-Admiral Sir Hyde Parker* 
1800-01. Vioe-Admiral Lord Hugh Seymour* 
1802. Rear-Admiral Eobert Montague 

1803-04. Vice-Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth* 
1804-08. Vioe-Admiral James Eichard Dacres* 
1809-11. Vice-Admiral Bartholomew Samuel Rowley* 
1811-13. Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Stirling, Bart. 
1812. Vice-Admiral James Vashon 

1813-14. Rear-Admiral William Brown* 

1814-16. Vice-Admiral the Hon. Sir Alexander Forrester Inglis 
Cochrane, K.B., Commander-in-Chief on the 
Jamaica Station, Windward and Leeward Islands, 
and Coast of North America 
1816-17. Rear-Admiral John Erskiae Douglas 
1817-20. Rear-Admiral Sir Home Riggs Popham, K.C.B.* 
1820-23. Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Rowley, K.C.B. 
1823. . Commodore E. W. C. R. Owen 

1824-27. Vice-Admiral Sir Lawrence William Halstead, K.C.B. 
1828-29. Vice-Admiral the Hon. Charles Elphinstone Pleeming 
1829-32. Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Griffith Colpoys, K.C.B. 
1833. Commodore Sir Arthur Farquhar, C.B.„ K.C.H. K.S. 

1833-36. Vice-Admiral Sir George Cookburn 


1838. Sir John Strutt Peyton, K.C.H. 

1839-41. Peter John Douglas 

1843. Hon. Henry Dilkes Byng 

1844-45. Alexander R. Sharpe, C.B. 

1846. Daniel Pring 

1849-51. Thomas Bennet 

1855. Thomas Henderson 

1860. Henry Kellet, C.B. 

1861. Hugh Dunlop 
1864-65. Peter Cracroft, C.B. 
1865. A. M. De Horsey (acting) 
1865-68. Sir Francis Leopold M'Clintook * 
1869-70. Augustus Phillimore 
1871-72. Richard W. Courtenay 
1873-75. Algernon F. R. De Horsey 
1875-78. Algernon McLennan Lyons 
1878-80. William John Ward 

1880-82. William S. Brown 

1882. Edward White 


1882-83. John C. Purvis 

1883-86. P. M. Prattent 

1886-89. Henry Hand 

1889-92. Rodney M. Lloyd 

1892-95. T. S. Jackson 

1895-98. H. W. Dowding 

1898-99. William H. Henderson 

1900-01. Edward H. M. Davis, C.M.G. 

1901-03. D. Mo. N. Riddel 

1903-05. (Sir) V. W. Fisher 

Dockyard close, March 1905 



1664-66. Sir James Modyford 

, (,gn /Sir Charles Lyttelton 

i*^*^- \ William Beeston 

1688. Ralph Knight 

1 aaa ^ m q f^^ Gilbert Heathcote 

1 b9»-i /id. |gjj, Bartholomew Graoedieu 

1714. P. Marsh 

1725. Alexander Stephenson 

1725-6. Edward Charlton 
1728-1733. Charles de la Foy 

1733. John Gregory 

1733-1757. John Sharpe 

1757-1762. Lovel Stanhope 

1764-1795. Stephen Fuller 

1795-1803. Robert Sewell 

1803-1812. Edmund Pusey Lyon 

1812-1831. George Hibbert 

1831-1845. William Burge 

1845, Dec. 8. Office abolished 


Studies in Jamaica archssology and history naturally fall into three 
main groups : Aboriginal, Spanish and English. 

Though, owing to the high form of civilization there attained, 
research has in Egypt revealed very full information concerning the 
condition of life in the Nile valley thousands of years before the 
Christian era, it has hitherto told us very little about the aborigines 
who inhabited Jamaica a little more than 400 years ago. How 
long they had been here when Columbus discovered the island 
no one can say for certain, though the thickness and extent of .their 
middens, some thirty of which have been opened from time to 
time, offer evidence of value. 

As in Hispaniola, the natives of Jamaica were ruled over by 
caciques or chieftains. The estimates of historians of the number 
of inhabitants in the West 
Indian islands differ widely. 

Las Casas says that the islands rr^i:^-'^ 

abounded with inhabitants as 
an ant-hill with ants, and 
puts them down at 6,000,000. 
But Peter MartjT gives but 
1,200,000 to Hispaniola and, 
taking this as a guide, there 
would probably have been 
about 600,000 in Jamaica — 
or, roughly speaking, three- 
quarters of its present popu- 
lation. Not many were left 
when the English took the 
island in 1655. 

Judged by the English standard, Indians are short in stature. 
The Arawaks of Guiana to-day are described as being of a red 
cinnamon in colour. The hair on the scalp is thick, long, very 
straight and very black. The features of the face are strildngly 
like those familiarly known as Chinese (Mongolian), and the expres- 
sion is decidedly gentle. Physically they are weak, and life hardly 
ever exceeds fifty years. The natives of Jamaica — as a few skulls 
found from time to. time testify — possessed, in common with other 
West Indian tribes, the peculiarity of tying boards on to the fore- 

1 A 



heads of their children in such a way that the skulls assumed and 
permanently retained an extraordinarily flat shape. 

Peter Martyr, who heard it spoken, said that the language in the 
Greater Antilles was " soft and not less liquid than the Latin," a,nd 
" rich in vowels and pleasant to the ear." Of words of West Indian 
origin, those most frequently in use in the English language are 
avocado (aguaeate) pear, barbecue, buccaneer, canoe, Carib and its 
derivative cannibal, guava, hammock, hurricane, iguana, maize, 
manatee, pirogue, potato and tobacco. 

Columbus has, told us of a cacique of Cuba who believed in a 
future state dependent on one's actions in this world, but Sir 
Bverard im Thum found nothing of the kind amongst the Indians 
of Guiana, and it is probable that Columbus's guide from Guanahani 
(Watling Island) only partially understood the cacique, or that 
Columbus only partially understood his guide. Their houses were 
primitive alike in shape and construction. In Jamaica, they were 
probably circular, and were provided with walls of wattle work 
plastered with mud, and with a high-pitched roof of palm leaves ; 
they probably had no windows. The Indians slept in hammocks. 
The weapons of the Arawaks of Jamaica and the other large islands 
consisted of darts and war clubs ; but they apparently did not 
possess bows and arrows, which were the form of weapons preferred 
by the Caribs, and the use of which gave them a great advantage 
over their more peaceful foes. 

Ornaments were more worn by the men than the women. Paint- 
ing was the simplest form of ornamentation ; the colours used 
being blue, black, carmine, white and yellow, derived from plants 
and earths. They wore necklets of hogs' teeth and stone beads, 

crowns of feathers in their 
heads, aprons of palm-leaves 
or woven cotton, and bands 
round their arms and legs. 
Their chief occupations and 
means of living were hunting 
and fishing and agricultural 
pursuits with, in some cases, 
a certain amount of trading. 
As they required nothing 
more than canoes for travel- 
ling oh the water, simple 
houses to live in, baskets 
for domestic purposes, ham- 
mocks for rest, rude weapons 
of the chase, and implements 
such as hatchets and chisels, earthen vessels, and a few ornaments 
and articles of dress, these, with a few crude rook-carvings, formed 
thejlsum total of their arts and manufactures. 
In common with the other aborigines of the West Indies generally 



and with the natives of New Zealand and with all the nomad tribes 
of the new world from Patagonia to the Arctic circle, the Arawaks 
of Jamaica were, when discovered, without any knowledge of the 
metals as such. From their kitchen middens we know that thoy 
were great fish eaters. 

Until 1895, but few remains had been discovered to testify to the 
existence of a tribe which not so very long ago 
lived by gathering the fruits of the land and sea 
of Jamaica. During that and the following year.s 
several collections of Indian remains were found.* 
They are scattered fairly throughout the island, 
except curiously enough, the eastern end, and arc 
thickly grouped in St. Andi-ew and Vere, in- St. 
Ann, and in the west end of Westmoreland. Thej 
all supply objects similar in character and giving 
evidence of no very high advance in civilization or j 
the arts ; being considerably below those of 
Mexico and Peru. The objects consist for the 
most part of petaloid or almond-shaped polished 
celts of metamorphic or igneous rocks, found 

somewhat abundantly all over 

the island ; circular or oval, ~ ^-^^^ 

shallow, unglazed bowls of ~^'^^=£:j^ 

baked pottery, with but crude 

ornamentation, used in the aeawak pestib 

preparation of food, and some 

as mortuary vessels for the heads of their chiefs — found here and 

there in the caves and on the sites of dwellings ; calcedony beads, 

hitherto found, curiously enough, only in Vere ; stone and wooden 

images and rock-carvings and the rock-pictures ; and a few shell 

and flint implements and mealing-stones rarely found. 

It is to be regretted that many of the objects shown at an 
exhibition of native remains held at the Institute of Jamaica in 
1895, following on the discovery of the Halberstadt cave, as well 
as others discovered later, should have been allowed to leave the 
island. Such things once lost can rarely be regained. 

Some of the early Spanish historians — ^putting as they frequently 
did X for J — ^wrote the name of the island Xaymaca, but it appears 
in its present form as early. as 1511 in Peter Martyr's "Decades." 
He called it Jamaica and Jamica. The island is unnamed in 
Juan de la Cosa's map of 1500. 

Its first appearance in cartography is on the map made by 
Bartolommeo Colombo, Columbus's yoimger brother, to illustrate 
the admiral's fourth voyage, where it is spelled Jamaicha. In 

* Tor this subject consult " Aboriginal Indian Remains in Jamaica. 
By J. E, Duerdeo, A.B.C.Sp,, Kingston, Ja., 1897," 


Cantino's map (1502-04) it appears as Jamaiqua : in Caneiro as 
Jamaiqua and in Waldseemiiller's map of 1507 as Jamaiana. In 
the so-called Admiral's map of 1507 it appears as Jamaqua : the 
name does not appear in Ruysch's map of 1508, but in the Ptole- 
maeus edition, Strasburg 1513, it is given as Jamaiqua, and in the 
Waldseemiiller map of 1516 it is also JamaiqtM. 

In the Maggiolo map of 1519 it is Jamaica, but in the Maggiolo 
map of 1527 it is Jamaicha : in Ribero's " Antilles " of 1529 and 
in Mercator's map of 1541 it is Jamaica : but in Herrera's map of 
1601, it goes back to the old form Xamaica, and as late as 1734 
in Charlevoix's " L'isle Espagnole," it appears as Xamayca. 
Amongst Englishmen who wrote of it from personal knowledge 
immediately after the British occupation. Commissioner Butler 
(1655) wrote it Oemecoe and Oemegoe. Daniell (1655) calls it 
Jamico, Gwakin (1657) wrote it Jammaca, and General Fleetwood 
(1658) wrote it Jamecah. 

Columbus on his return from his first journey was told by the 
natives when off Tortuga, that if he sailed in a certain direction 
two days he would arrive at Babeque,' where he would find gold. 
Columbus mentions Babeque many times in his journals, but he 
never found it, at least under that name. The " Historie," of 1571, 
identifies it with Hispaniola but this is doubted. Las Casas thought 
that it might refer to Jamaica. 

In common with most other West Indian native names Jamaica 
has come to us through a Spanish source ; and the native pro- 
nunciation was possibly something like Hamlca. Several deriva- 
tions have been given of the meaning of the word. The most 
extraordinary is that which seeks to connect it with James II. On 
Moll's map of the island, published early in the eighteenth century, 
it is stated that it was first called St. Jago by Columbus, who 
discovered it, but that the name was afterwards changed to Jamaica, 
after James, Duke of York. In this connection it is somewhat 
sad to note that not one of the Greater Antilles retained the name 
given to it by Columbus. Espanola, Santiago and Juana, went 
back to their native Hayti, Jamaica and Cuba ; and St. Juan 
Bautista became Porto Rico, but Hispaniola still survives to some 
extent and is the most convenient name for the island which 
contains two republics. Of the smaller islands, the names of 
Trinidad, Antigua, Dominica, Montserrat and Gaudeloupe still 
remind us of their great discoverer. 

James Knight, in the rough draft of his history of Jamaica (1742) 
in the British Museum, gives the following derivation of the word 
Jamaica : " In the original it was Jamajaco. Jamo in the Indian 
language is a country, and Jaco is water." 

John Atkins, in his " Voyage to the Guinea, Brazil, and the West 
Indies " (1737), says that " Jamaica was altered by King James, 
it being a compound of his name and ' ca ' an island." He was 
possibly not far wrong in regard to the "island." The West 


Indian word for an island, cai (or the Bisoayan word cay) is sup- 
posed to appear in Lucayos (Bahamas), "Men of the Island"; in 
the Caicos islands, and also in various cays or keys in the West 
Indies ; albeit modern etymology makes cay or key the same word 
as the Welsh cae. 

Long wrote in 1774 that " it is not improbable that Jamaica 
is a name of Indian extraction, perhaps derived from Jamacaru, 
the Brazilian name of the prickly pear, which overspreads the 
maritime parts of the south side, where the aboriginal Indian 
discoverers of this island might have first landed," but this deriva- 
tion has found no supporters among later writers. 

Bryan Edwards, writing in 1793, says : " The early Spanish 
historians wrote the word Xaymaca. It is said to have signified 
in the language of the natives, a country abounding in springs." 

Bridges, who as a rule displays a more fertile imagination than 
Long without half his trustworthiness as a historian, says, writing 
in 1828 : " In the speech of Florida, Chaubaan signified water 
and makia wood (Lescarbot, 1.6, c.6). The compound sound 
would approach to Chab-makia ; and, harmonized to the Spanish 
ear, would be Chamakia, or some such indistinct union of these 
two significant expressions, denoting a land covered with wood, 
and therefore watered by shaded rivulets, or, in other words, 
fertile." This suggested origin has been usually adopted by later 
writers. Why Bridges sought in Florida the meaning of words of 
Jamaica, he does not explain. Carib and Arawak are probably 
the only two languages which Columbus heard spoken in the 
Greater Antilles. Wood, in Arawak, is ada ; woods are in Arawak 
konoko and in Carib eotch ; and water is in Arawak winidb (Hill- 
house) or comiahoo (im Thurn), and in Carib tona. 

Bryan Edwards points out that Fernando Columbus's " Historic " 
states that the Indian name of Antigua was Jamaica, and he adds : 
" It is a singular circumstance that this word which in the language 
of the larger islands signified a country abounding in springs, 
should in the dialect of the Charaibs have been applied to an island 
that has not a single spring or rivulet of fresh water in it." Until 
further research proves the contrary Jamaica must remain, what 
it truly is, the land of woods and streams. 

Apart from the name of the island itself, there are few names 
of native origin left. These will be referred to in the body of the 
work as they occur. 

There is some difficulty in discriminating between the native 
Indian and Spanish origin of West Indian names : and too great 
a faith in the laws of philology are apt to lead one astray. Place- 
names are not infrequently rather evolved in accordance with the 
rule of phonetics. 

On this subject Long wrote : " From the resemblance which the 
language of these islanders bears in some respects to the Spanish, 
I am apt to suspect that many of their words have been altered 


by the Spanish mode of pronunciation, and the difficulty which 
the discoverers found in articulating and accenting them without 
some intermixture of their own patronymic. In some this is 
exceedingly obvious, where the letter 6 is used indiscriminately 
for V, agreeably to their idiom. This perversion may easily lead 
us to ascribe a Spanish or Moorish origin to the names of places, 
such as rivers, mountains, head-lands, &c., which in fact are of 
Indian derivation. Thus the article gva, so commonly met with 
both in these islands and on the Southern continent, was often 
prefixed or appended to the Indian names of places and things ; 
and even of their provincial caciques. Of the latter were Gua- 
rionexius, Gua-canarillus, Gua-naboa, and others. Of the former 
a vast multitude occurs, as Gua-nama, Xa-gua, Gua-ha-gua, 
Camaya-gua, Aicayaza-gua, Ma-gua, Nicara-gua, Vera-gua, Xara- 
guo, Gua-rico, Ni-gua (Chigger), etc., which may seem to confound 
them with derivatives from the Spanish or Moorish word agua 
(water). So the terminations, ao, ana, coq, and boa or voa, as 
Manabax-ao, Cib-ao ; Gu-ana, Magu-ana, Yagu-ana, Ligu-ana, 
Zav-ana (Savannah), Furac-ana (Hurricane), Caym-ana, Guaiac-ana 
(Guiacum), Haba-coa, Guana-boa, and so forth. The names there- 
fore occurring in our island of Liguana, Cagua, Tilboa, Guanaboa, 
Guadibocoa, and others of similar finals are with more propriety to 
be traced from the Indian than the Spanish dialect." 

With regard to the Spanish occupation of the island both history 
and archaeology are almost as scantily supplied as in the case of 
the Arawaks. 

It is estimated that when Jamaica fell into the hands of the 
English the population of the capital was half Spanish and Portu- 
guese or their descendants and half slaves ; but it is a curious fact 
that a, negro is mentioned as holding the position of priest of the 
Roman Catholic church. 

The more important islands of Cuba and Hispaniola, to say 
nothing of the rich mines of South America, offered greater attrac- 
tions to the Spaniards than did Jamaica, where — then, as now — 
the field had to be ploughed before the harvest could be reaped. 
They utilized for their hatos, or pastm-es, the low-lying lands on the 
sea-coast, which had formerly been used by the native Arawaks 
for the cultivation of Indian corn and cassava. 

Of these hatos the principal were, going from east to west, 
Morante (the name of which still lives in Morant Bay), Ayala 
(Yallahs), Lezama (where Mona now is), Liguanea (Lower St. 
Andrew), Guanaboa (the name of which still exists), Guatabaco 
(about Old Harbour), Yama (in Vere), Pereda (Pedro Plains), 
El Eado (behind Bluefields) and Cabonicb (near Savanna-la-Mar). 

They had settlements at St. Jago de la Vega (the present Spanish 
town, established in 1520), Puerto de Esquivella (Old ■ Harbour, 
named after the first governor about 1501), Parattee (still bearing 


the same name), Oristan (Bluefield, named after a town in Sar- 
dinia then subject to the crown of Spain), Savanna-la-Mar, Melilla 
(in the north-west comer of St. James, named after a town on the 
coast of Barbary, then in the possession of Spain), Sevilla Nueva 
(St. Ann's Bay), Chireras (Ocho Rios), Rio Nuevo and Hibanal 
(somewhere near Buff Bay). 

Roads ran from Puerto Antonio westerly along the coast to 
Punta Negrilla, connecting their townships of Santa Anna, Melilla 
and Manteca. From Manteca a road ran southerly to where 
Savanna-la-Mar now is, and thence easterly to Old Harbour, and 
thence northerly to Santa Anna. 

There are but scanty remains of Spanish masonry in the island ; 
none of great importance. The " Columbian Magazine " in 1796 
recorded that an old Spanish tavern, with laths of bamboo, was 
taken down to make way for Rodney's statue, and the adjacent 
buildings, but there is, of course, no certain proof that this was 
Spanish work. The only known relic of Spanish Jamaica is the 
church bell from Port Royal now in the Institute of Jamaica. 

Of their buildings in general. Sir Hans Sloane, who was here in 
1687-88, only thirty-three years after the conquest, says that 
they were " usually one storey high, having a porch, parlour, and 
at each end a room, with small ones behind. They built with 
posts put deep in the ground ; on the sides their houses were 
plastered up with clay or reeds, or made of the split trunks of 
cabbage trees nailed close to one another and covered with tiles 
or palmetto thatch. The lowness, as well as fixing the posts deep 
in the earth, was for fear their houses should be ruined by earth- 
quakes, as well as for coolness." It seems strange, according to 
modem ideas, to build a house one storey only for coolness ; 
although one might do so for fear of earthquakes. 

Long tells us that " a certain number of posts of the hardest 
timber, generally lignum vitm, brazilletto, or fustick, of about 
18 feet in length and 6 to 8 inches in diameter, being first well- 
seasoned and hardened in smoke, were fixed at proper distances 
to the depth of 2 or 3 feet in the ground ; then a wall of brick, 
enclosing these posts, was carried up with very strong mortar 
to the plate, which was pinned with wooden spikes to the tops 
of the posts. The main rafters were small, but being of the like 
hard wood, and perfectly well-seasoned, were sufficiently strong ; 
these were likewise pirmed upon each other, and at their angle 
of intersection at top formed a crutch to receive the ridge pole. 
The smaller rafters were of the lesser ebony trees, stripped of their 
bark, hardened in smoke, notched at bottom, and being placed 
at the distance of about 18 inches from each other, were pinned to 
the plate. Athwart these on all rafters a stratum of the wild cane 
{Arundo Indica, bamboo species), previously smoked, was tied on 
by way of wattling with straps made of the bark of mahoe or 


mangrove trees. Upon these wattles some mortar was laid, to the 
thickness of about 4 inches ; and the whole covered with large 
pantiles, well bedded in. The thickness of these roofs, from the 
outward shell or tile-covering to the ceiling within, was about 
8 or 10 inches. A canopy of so solid a texture was certainly well 
contrived to shelter the inhabitants from the disagreeable effects 
of a vertical sun," and accordingly it is found by experience that 
these old Spanish houses are much cooler than our modern ones 
covered with shingles. After regretting the failure to establish a 
manufacture of tiles, and the importation of North American 
shingles. Long goes on to say : " The chief error the Spaniards 
committed in their buildings was the placing their ground floors 
too low ; these were nearly on a level with the surface of the earth 
out of doors, or at most raised only a few inches higher." In his 
time there were, he tells us, upwards of fifty Spanish houses remain- 
ing in Spanish Town "very little the worse for time or weather." 

Of Spanish names given to towns and villages, St. Jago de la 
Vega (St. James of the plain) still survives in custom, although 
supplanted officially by Spanish Town. So also do Ocho Bios, 
Savanna-la-Mar (the plain by the sea) and Oracabessa ; Esquivel 
became Old Harbour soon after the British occupation. 

Of the Spanish names of rivers, many survive ; the principal 
being Rio AJto (deep river), Rio Cobre (copper river), Rio Grande, 
Rio Minho, Rio Bueno (the good river), Rio Magno (the great 
river), Rio Novo (new river), Rio d'oro (golden river), Rio Pedro 
(Peter's river). It is thought that Rio Pedro may be a corruption 
of Rio Piedra (stony river). The Rio Minho is said to have been 
named after a river in Portugal or, as Long says in another place, 
after some mine in the neighbourhood. It is thought by some 
that it should be Rio Mina, (the river by the mine). Others are 
named after rivers in Spain. 

Amongst districts we have Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) ; as well as 
Pedro both in St. Ann and in St. Elizabeth. The former is said 
to have been named after Pedro Esquivel, the Spanish governor. 

The following derivations of Spanish names in Jamaica are given 
by Long. Notes by the present writer are added between square 
brackets : 

Auracaheza. Aura, air or breeze ; Cabeza, head or high land. 
^ [This is now Ora Cabessa in St. Mary. Others derive it from 

Oro Cabeza, the golden head.] 
AUa Mela. Deep Gap. (Alta Mela, Savannah, St. James.) 
Agua AUa Bahia. Deep water Bay, corruptly Wag-Water. 

[Still known as Wag Water.] 
Los Angelos. The Angels. [Angels in St. Catherine was the 

first terminus of the railway.] 
Rio Bonito. The Pretty River. 


Cabo Bonito. The Pretty Cape. [In St. Catherine.] 

Oabarita Punta. Kid or Goat Point. [In Westmoreland, where 
there is a river of the same name ; there is another Cabaritta 
Point in Old Harbour Bay, and a Cabaritta Island in Port 
Maria Harbour.] 

Rio de Camarones. Perhaps from Gambaro, a crab, from the 
abundance of black crabs hereabouts. 

Oobre Rio. Copper River, or Cobra Port, Snake River. [Still 
known as Rio Cobre.] 

Cahorido. Quasi Caba Arido, the dry or withered cape (part 
of Healthshire highlands. ) 

Carvil or Caravel Bahia. Caravela signifies a light round kind of 
a ship formerly used by the Spaniards. 

Diablo Monte. Devil's Mount. [Now called Mount Diavolc] 

Escondido Puerto. The hidden harbour. [In Portland; now 
called Turtle Crawle Harbour.] 

Flora Ria. Flower River. 

Fortaleza Punta. Fort Point. [On Blome's map there are two 
in St. Ann.] 

Oallina Punta. Hen Point. [Galina Point is in St. Mary.] 

Ouada Bocca. Guada, brook of water ; boca, mouth. 

Hoja Rio. River of leaves, now corruptly Riho Hoa. [Now 
called Rio Hoe.] 

Jarisse Punta. Cross-bow or arrow, probably refers to some 
action with the Indians. 

Javareen. Rustic expression, signifying a wild boar. 

Labovia. Quasi Lago-via, or the way by the lake. [A village in 
St. Elizabeth. Elsewhere Long suggests it may be a corruption 
of La agua via, the watery way. It was once in the possession 
of the Gladstone family.] 

Liiguanea. Lia-withe-guana, the name of an animal, probably 
one frequent in that part of the island. [That part of Lower 
St. Andrew, bordered by the Long Moimtain, the St. Andrew 
Mountains and the Red Hills.] 

Moneque or Monesca Savannah. Savannah of monkeys. [Now 
confined to the village of Moneague.] 

Mari bona. Maria-buena, Mary the Good. [Maria Buena Bay 
is in Trelawny.] 

Multi-bezon Rio. Multi, many ; buzon, conduit. 

Macari Bahia. Macari, a tile, such as is made for floors, which 
the Spaniards imiversally used here and probably manufactured 
them near this bay, the soil being proper for that purpose. 
[Long adds as a footnote to Macari : " Or perhaps it may derive 
more properly from the Indian word Macarij (which signifies 
bitter), and allude to the tree commonly called the Majoe, 
or Macary-bitter which grows in great abundance along this 
part of the coast, and with whose leaves, bark and root, which 
are all of them extremely bitter, some very notable cures in 


cases of inveterate ulcers, the yaws, and venereal distempers, 
were some years ago performed by an old negress named 
Majoe, in commemoration of whom it took its name." Macary 
Bay is in Vere. Majoe Bitter, or Maoary Bitter {Picramnia 
Antidesnia Sv^.) is a shrub about 8 feet high, with small 
whitish green flowers, and berries iirst scarlet, then black.] 

Mantica Bahia. Butter (now Montogo Bay). This part abound- 
ing formerly with wild hogs, the Spaniards probably made 
here what they called hog's butter (lard) for exportation. 
[In a very old deed of conveyance of land in St. James a road 
is marked as leading to Lard Bay.] 

Ocho Rios said to mean eight rivers. [In St. Ann. It was more 
commonly called Chareiras in Long's time ; and indeed as 
late as 1841, William Rob wi-ote "Ocho Rios, called to this 
day by the old inhabitants ' Cheireras,' its early and appro- 
priate name ' the Bay of the Water-Falls,' but has now gone 
back to Ocho Rios." It is not unlikely that the present form 
Ocho Rios and the derivation from eight rivers is wrong, and 
that the real name is Chorrera, a spout. There is a Chorrera 
River in Cuba, near Havarmah.] 

Perexil Insula. Samphire Island. 

Sombrio Rio. Shady river. [Now called the Sambre.] 

Yalos. Frosts (whence, perhaps corruptly, Yallahs), the high 
white cliffs having the appearance of a frosty covering. [Now 
called Yallahs. Long was probably wrong in connecting 
Yallahs with Yalos. The Hatd de Ayala extended from Bull 
Bay nearly to Morant Bay, and the name is probably a personal 
one. Pedro Lopez de Ayala was a celebrated poet and 
politician in the fourteenth century ; Pedro de Ayala was 
Spanish envoy to the Court of St. James in 1498 ; and, 
curiously, a recent Spanish representative at Havana bore the 
name de Ayala. There was a Captain Yhallahs, a privateer 
who flourished in Jamaica in and about 1671, and the locality 
may have been named after him.] 

Luidas. Perhaps from Luzida ; gay, fine. [Lluidas Vale is in 
St. Catherine.] 

Martha Brea. Martha, a woman's name ; Brea, tar ; perhaps 
a nickname of some Spanish sailor's Dulcinea like the English 
vulgar appellation Jack Tar. [Martha Brea village and river 
are in Trelawny. The name is a corruption of Rio Matibereon.] 

No traces are to be found to-day of the following : Alta Mela, 
Rio de Camarones, Caborida, Carvil Bahia, Guada Booca, Jarisse 
Punta, Javareen, Multi Bezon Rio, Perexil Insula. 

Of corruptions of Spanish names the best known are : Agualta 
(Agua Alta, the deep river) ; Bog Walk (Boca d'Agua, water's 
mouth) ; and Mount Diablo. Cagua became with the English 
Caguay, then Cagway when it was re-named Port Royal. 


Those who see in Porus a survival of the name of Columbus's 
companion, Porras, are probably drawing on a fertile imagination. 
Columbus and his companions saw little of the interior of the 
island. It is more probably called after some well simk there, 
or from the porous nature of the soil, " pitted with holes." In the 
English edition of Ferdinand Columbus's " Historie," we read 
that the Morant Cays were called by Columbus Los Poros because 
" not finding water in them they dug pits in the sand " ; but in 
the Italian edition (Venice, 1571) they are called " le pozzi " (the 
pits), and in the Spanish edition of 1749 they are called " Las 
Pofas " (the pits). It is possible that in the case of Porus, as in 
that of the Morant Cays, there has been a confusion between Poros 
and Pocas ; and that the town in Manchester should be called 
Pogas. The Spaniards called the Black River, el Caovana (the 
Mahogany River). 

In the English section of Jamaica history for the two centuries 
from 1655 to 1855, there is a wide field of exploration. 

What with earthquakes, hurricanes and floods, the march of time, 
and rebuilding, the typical old-time planter's houses are getting 
scarcer. Then, again, there are the monuments and gravestones 
which contribute to our knowledge of Jamaica genealogy and history. 
Captain Lawrence-Archer, in the middle of ihc last century, did 
much in his " Monumental Inscriptions of the British West Indies," 
to put this information in a handy form, but his work, which is 
often inaccurate, by no means covers the whole field. Something 
of late years has been done in that direction by Mr. Oliver in 
" Caribbeana." 

Although Jamaica is probably no worse than other countries 
in its disregard for ancient monuments, that there is need for 
improvement cannot be denied by those who have looked into the 
matter. The Spanish invaders burned the Arawak huts ; the 
old-time English planters despoiled Spanish buildings to find 
material for their sugar works ; and in our own day a ruined 
seventeenth-century building which withstood the recent earth- 
quake was later pulled down by peasants for the sake of its stones. 
When Lawrence-Archer wrote less than fifty years ago, he recorded 
a statue by Bacon to Richard Batty in the cathedral. Only a 
fragment of it remains to-day. The author of his epitaph little 
thought that the literal truth of part of it would be so early estab- 
lished when he wrote in 1796 : 

" Yet vain the Record, which sculptured stone 
Would raise to those pre-eminently known." 

The most strongly constructed building will wear out with time 
and, in the tropics especially, vegetation is apt to interfere with 
monuments and gravestones ; but a little care without much 
expense should be all that is needed to render unnecessary an 


expensive restoration, wliich many individuals and bodies find 
themselves imprepared to meet and which, after all, can never take 
the place of preservation. 

In 1672 Port Royal contained 800 well-built houses, "as dear 
rented," Blome tells us, " as if they stood in well-traded streets in 
London." Twenty years later, when it was at its zenith, the number 
was 2000, " the greatest number of which were of brick, several 
storeys in height." In 1692, as is well known, a large part of the 
town perished by an earthquake, and from that event Kingston 
dates its origin. Port Royal being partially destroyed again,' by fire, 
in 1 703 and by hurricane in 1 722. 

Charles Leslie, writing in 1739, says of Jamaica: "One is not 
to look for the beauties of architecture here ; the public buildings 
are neat but not fine. The churches in the town are generally in 
form of a cross, with a small cupola a-top, built high in the walls, 
paved within, and adorned with no manner of finery." The 
churches, he says, except those at Spanish Town and Halfway - 
Tree, are "decent small houses, scarce to be known for such," 
and he adds, " the clergy trouble them little, and their doors are 
seldom open," in marked contrast to the present state of affairs. 
" The gentlemen's houses," he says, " are generally built low, 
of one storey, consisting of five or six handsome apartments, 
beautifully lined and floored with mahogany. ... In the towns 
there are several houses which are two storeys, but that way of 
building is disapproved of because they seldom are known to stand 
the shock of an earthquake or the fury of a storm." 

On Craskell and Simpson's large map of Surrey, of the year 1763, 
is shown a view of a presumably typical Jamaica house, two storeys 
high, with an open veranda in front only. It is evident from 
what Long says that, at all events for the first century of the 
island's occupation by the British, not much attention was paid 
to domestic architecture by the planters of the island. "It is," 
he says, " but of late that the planters have paid much attention 
to elegance in their habitations ; their general rule was to build 
what they called a makeshift ; so that it was not unusual to see 
a plantation adorned with a very expensive set of works, of brick 
or stone, well executed, and the owner residing in a miserable 
thatched hovel, hastily put together with wattles and plaster, 
damp, unwholesome, and infested with every species of vermin. 
But the houses in general, as well in the country parts as in 
the towns, have been greatly improved within these last twenty 

In this connection mention may be made of the aqueducts on 
some of the sugar estates, which are amongst the best pieces of 
architectural work in the island. They and some of the old stone 
bridges coinpare more than favourably with the modem bridges, 
many of which— excellent monuments of engineering skill as they 


may be — their best friends would never venture to call works of 
art. Moreover the stone bridges will probably be standing when 
the iron ones have perished by decay. 

Peter Marsden, writing a little later (1788), says: "Except 
a few excellent houses which have lately been built of brick and 
two or three of stone, after the English fashion, by rich merchants, 
the houses are in general of wood, very often mahogany, which is 
plentiful in this island. They consist but of a room or two below 
stairs, with piazzas all round and a storey above." Stewart, 
whose account of the island was published in 1808, gives much 
the same account of the domestic houses, but goes on to say : 
"As for bridges and other public structures of the kind, in this 
part of the world there are few that deserve mention, except a 
neat cast-iron bridge imported from Great Britain and some years 
ago thrown across the Rio Cobra. There is, indeed, often a marked 
deficiency here of public spirit in undertakings of this sort." 

IVTany of the houses on the sea-coast were, in the eighteenth 
century, made defensible with loopholes and fortified by guns, 
so as to guard against the attacks in war time of the enemy's 
privateers. In other cases a like precaution was taken against the 
risings of slaves ; houses in some instances being supplied with 
towers at the corners, each of which commanded two sides of the 

Of direct records of slavery days there are not many prominent 

Here and there a punishment cell is found, with indications of 
the fixing of shackles ; but of stocks and such-like implements 
no traces remain. A few examples of branding -irons exist. In this 
connection it may be of interest to quote Bryan Edwards's account 
of the method adopted in branding slaves : 

" A gentleman of my acquaintance, who had purchased at the 
same time ten Koromantyn boys and the like number of Bboes 
(the eldest of the whole apparently not more than thirteen years 
of age) caused them all to be collected and brought before him 
in my presence, to be marked on the breast. This operation is 
performed by heating a small silver brand composed of one or 
two letters, in the flame of spirits of wine, and applying it to the 
skin, which is previously anointed with sweet oil. The application 
is instantaneous and the pain momentary. Nevertheless, it may 
be easily supposed that the apparatus must have a frightful appear- 
ance to a child. Accordingly when the first boy, who happened 
to be one of the Eboes, and the stoutest of the whole, was led 
forward to receive the mark, he screamed dreadfully, while his 
companions of the same nation manifested strong emotions of 
sympathetic terror. The gentleman stopt his hand, but the 
Koromantyn boys, laughing aloud, and, immediately coming 
forward of their own accord, pffered their bospms imdaimte^y 



to the brand, and receiving its impression without flinching in the 
least, snapt their fingers in exultation over the poor Eboes." 

A branding-iron such as that mentioned above, in the Institute 
of Jamaica, is shown in the accompanying illustration. It is 
6s inches in length. 

Doyley's Council had been elected by the people, and so, in a 
sense, was a forerunner 
of the Assembly. But 
the first regular As- 
sembly was summoned 
by Lyttelton and met 
at Spanish Town on 
January 20, 1664, and 
from that day until 
the Assembly of the 
time resigned its 
powers to the Crown 
on December 21, 1865, 
the political destiny of 
the colony is to be read 
in the pages of its 
Journal and its Votes. 

The first Assembly 
chose as its speaker 
Robert Freeman, who 
represented Morant, 
one of the then twelve 
districts that returned 

The troubles which 
Doyley, the first governor, had had in inducing adventure- 
loving soldiers to become planters had given place to a more 
settled state of affairs, and when the House rose on February 12, 
1664,it "parted with all kindness and feastings, having passed as good 
a body of laws as could be expected from such young statesmen." 
But this peaceful condition was not destined to last. Familiarity 
with legislative functions bred contempt for the opinions of others, 
and unreasonable demands on the part of these young statesmen 
were met by high-handed actions on the part of the Crown. 

In his opening speech to the Assembly Carlisle said that the 
King looked on Jamaica as " his darling plantation, and has taken 
more pains to make this island happy than any other of his colonies." 
These kind words were, however, nullified by the fact that the new 
governor had brought with him forty acts which Charles had had 
^rawn up (and to which he had affixed the great seal of England) 
t lieu of the acts which the Assembly had passed under Vaughan, 
^d that he was instructed to get the House to pass them. This 



plan had been suggested in a letter written in England by a Mr. Nevil 
(who was evidently acquainted with Jamaica) to Carlisle just before 
he started to take up his appointment, and had been adopted because 
— to quote the words of the Lords of Trade and Plantations to the 
King in Council — " of the irregular, violent and unwarrantable 
proceedings of the Assembly." 

The virtual point of difference was this, that under the original 
constitution the island (through the Governor, Council and Assembly) 
made its own laws in accordance with what it conceived to be its 
needs and sent them home for approval, they remaining in force 
for two years till the royal pleasure was known, while under the 
new arrangement (based on Poynings's Law, or the Statutes of 
Drogheda, in use in Ireland), the laws were to be made in England 
(on the advice of the Governor and Council), and remitted for the 
approval of the Assembly. The style of enactment was altered 
from the "Governor, Council and Assembly, etc." to the "King, 
by and with the advice, etc. of the Assembly." 

This proposed change, which had been decided on by the Lords 
of Trade and Plantations, in opposition to the advice of Lynch, 
who knew Jamaica well — the Assembly resisted with might and 
main, but though they were in a very great measure successful, 
it was not until 1728 that the complete legislative power for which 
Jamaica contended was granted. 

Lynch, when he returned as governor, was able to tell the people 
of Jamaica, " His Majesty, upon the Assembly's humble address, 
was pleased to restore us to our beloved form of making laws, wherein 
we enjoy beyond dispute all the deliberative powers in our Assembly 
that the House of Commons enjoy in their House." 

In return for the constitution now conceded the Assembly pledged 
itself to grant to the King a fixed revenue, which if not perpetual 
should at least last for seven years. The quarrel, however, with 
regard to the revenue bills lasted up till 1728 ; the Crown desiring 
a perpetual revenue, the Assembly persistently declining to do 
more than grant bills for a few years' duration. The Crown on the 
other hand declined to approve many of their laws. In 1728 the 
Assembly gave way and settled a permanent revenue in return for 
the royal confirmation of various acts of importance to the island 
and a concession as to their past laws which they regarded as " the 
grand charter of their liberties." 

To return for a moment to the early struggles, we find that 
under the Duke of Albemarle, a very unwise governor, matters 
were far from satisfactory. He dissolved the House suddenly 
because one of the members, John Towers, in a debate repeated the 
old adage solus populi suprema lex, in protesting against the Speaker's 
refusal to grant him permission to attend a race meeting. Albemarle 
had the offender taken in custody and fined £600. £ his dispatch 
on the subject he wrote : " The Assembly have done very little, 
the'major part having made it their business to wrangle'and oppose 


all things that are for the King's service and the good of the country." 
The freedom of election was grossly violated by the duke, who 
admitted hosts of servants and discharged seamen to the poll at 
the election, and actually imprisoned many legal voters of wealth 
and consideration. He imposed fines on the latter to a large 
amount, and threatened to whip two gentlemen for requesting a 
habeas corpus for their friends. In spite of this he had the effrontery 
to write home to the Board of Trade and Plantations : " While the 
elections were going forward there were unwarrantable oppositions 
made in most parishes as well as malicious practices to prevent 
fair election ! " 

His successor, Inohiquin, met with considerable opposition from 
a section of the Assembly whose temper had been ruffled by Albe- 
marle's arbitrary government, and whom he treated in a somewhat 
tactless manner. That they would not do what he wanted he 
considered " an iadignity and affront to himself and the board." 
He finally rejected their address of congratulation, and " then it was 
thrown to them with some contempt." 

The franchise established by the law of 1681 for appointing the 
members of the Assembly was still in force in 1812 : " Freeholders 
in the same parish where the election is to be made." At a, by- 
election in 1804, in St. Andrew, seventy -nine freeholders voted, 
forty-six for the successful candidate. 

The House met usually from October to Christmas, the time 
of the year when the planters could be absent from their estates 
with least inconvenience. 

The closing scene in the life of the Assembly was acted on De- 
cember 21, 1865, aromid amendments to the " Act to alter and 
amend the Political Constitution of the Island," and especially to 
that to the second clause, which ran : 

" It shall be lawful for Her Majesty's Imperial Government to 
assume the entire management and control of the affairs of this 
island, and by orders in Council or otherwise, as Her Majesty may 
be advised, to conduct the affairs of this island as Her Majesty may 
think fit: and such orders shall have the effect and force of law." 

The Coimcil's amendment was as follows : 

" It shall be lawful for Her Majesty the Queen to create and con- 
stitute a Government in this island, in such form and with such 
power as to Her Majesty shall seem fit, and from time to time to 
alter and amend such Government." 

The Legislative Council had adjourned while their amendments 
to the Constitution Bill were being discussed by the Assembly, 
and some of them were in the House during the discussion. So 
soon as they saw that the amendments had passed, they retired 
and formed a board, which passed the bill in almost ten minutes 
after it left the Assembly. 


In proroguing the assembly on the following day Governor Eyre 
said : 

" In releasing you from further attendance upon your legislative 
duties, I cannot lose sight of the probability that you may never 
be called upon to exercise these duties again, under the existing 
form of constitution, and that this general sacrifice has been con- 
summated by yourselves from an earnest and sincere desire, 
regardless of all personal considerations, to benefit the colony. 

" On behalf of the colony and of the many interests associated 
with it, I return you the thanks which are so justly your due, 
History will record the heroic act, and I trust that history will 
show from the ameliorated state of the country, and a renewed 
prosperity, that your noble self devotion has not been in 

In concluding, he said, with reference to the Morant Bay out- 
break : 

" The session which is now about to terminate has been the most 
important that has ever taken place since Jamaica became a 
dependency of the British Crown. 

It is impossible to help regretting the necessity which has 
enforced the abandonment of institutions so deservedly dear to 
every British heart, and which, even in this colony, have remained 
unchanged for a period of 200 years ; but it is wiser and better, 
circumstanced as we are, to give up institutions which are valued 
rather for the associations • which are connected with them, than 
for any advantages which have resulted to the colony from their 
existence in Jamaica, and to substitute in their place a perhaps 
less showy and less time-honoured form of Government, but which 
is certainly more practicable and better suited to the altered cir- 
cumstances of our position. 

Well, I think, it is that we have taken warning by the terrible 
circumstances which have forced upon us the conviction that a 
Government, to be effective, in times of difficulty and danger, 
must be a strong and united one ; and well will it be if by a voluntary 
reconstruction, the community may receive some compensation in 
future good government, for the dreadful calamity with which it 
has just been afflicted." 

The House took a deep interest from time to time in the barracks 
for which they voted funds. In 1702 orders were received from 
home to build barracks to receive 3000 men. Handasyd, the 
eutenant-govemor, said that it would cost more than £40,000 
" where such buildings are unreasonably dear " to build such as 
were built in Ireland, but that suitable barracks could be built of 
wood for £3000. 

The following account of the state of the forts and barracks ia 
the island in May 1745, taken from the " Journals of the House 
of Assembly," may be fittingly quoted here. 


" Then the House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, upon the report made on Friday last, of the number and 
condition of the barracks already built, and of such others as were 
necessary to be provided ; and the plans laid before the House, and 
the said report, being read, is in the words following : 

Mr. Speaker, — Your Committee, appointed to make enquiry into 
the number and condition of the barracks already built, and what 
more shall be necessary to be provided, have accordingly done the 
same ; and, by the best information they have been able to get, 
find tobe as follows : 

Port-Morant. A complete barrack, newly built by the Parish of 
St.-Thomas-in-the-East, framed, boarded, and shingled, in good 
order, which will contain about sixty men. 

Manchioneal. A barrack, formerly built by the said parish of 
St.-Thomas-in-the-East, which will contain thirty men ; the body 
built with stone, a framed roof, wants new shingling, and already 
ordered to be forthwith done, and to be put in good repair. 

Morant-Bay. A new barrack now building at the expense of the 
aforesaid parish of St.-Thomas-in-the-East for twenty-five men. 

Yallahs Bay. A large house with proper conveniencies belonging 
to Mr. Donaldson, already hired for a barrack, to receive twenty- 
five men. 

Cow-Bay. A barrack for twenty men going to be built, by Mr. 
Vallete, in the room of the former barrack destroyed by the hurricane. 

Westmoreland. A barrack already built, capable of receiving a 
whole company, situate at Savanna-la-Mar, as informed by Mr. Hall. 

St. Ann's. A barrack now buUding at St. Ann's Bay, and is 
calculated to be a crutched house, wattled and plastered, and 
capable to receive fifty men, as informed by Mr. Whitehome. 

Moneague. A barrack which now lodges twenty men, and 
capable of holding thirty ; is at present water-tight, but will soon 
want new shingling, as informed by lieutenant Troah. 

Vere. The barrack was blown down in the late hurricane but 
the parish has agreed with Mr. Pusey for his store -house in Carlisle 
Bay, which is boarded, shingled and in good order and capable 
to receive one himdred men. 

St. Elizabeth. A barrack situate at Black -River ; it being a 
crutched house, wattled and plastered, injured by the storm, but 
is now ordered by the parish to be repaired. 

St. James. A barrack at St. James, of a hundred feet long 
and twenty feet wide, with a stone wall, a framed roof, well shingled, 
in good order, which will completely contain fifty men as informed 
by Mr. Hall. 

Hanover. A barrack situate at Lusea-Fort, which will be capable 
of receiving fifty men ; a crutched house, wattled, plastered and 
thatched, in good order ; and a convenient house for the reception 
of four officers, well shingled and floored. 


Port Antonio. A barrack in good order, which now lodges one 
company, and will soon be in a condition to receive another, by 
the information of lieutenant Bailey. 

St. Mary's. No barrack built in said parish, but as the Com- 
mittee are informed his excellency intends to send some 
soldiers for their protection, a barrack is necessary to be forthwith 

Old Harbour. No barrack built, but the parish of St. Dorothy 
have hired a house for a detachment of thirty soldiers, as informed 
by Mr. Edmund Pusey. 

Spanish Town. The barrack-house is in good order, the officers' 
cook-room wants repairing, the cook-room for the private men is 
entirely down, and the palisado enclosure, on the back part of the 
out-houses, carried away by the late storm ; said barrack contains 
sixty men. 

The Committee are informed that his excellency intends four 
companies of soldiers to be in this town, if proper lodgements were 
provided for them ; and, as the barrack contains so few, it will 
be necessary either to enlarge the present barrack or to buy such 
house or houses as may be convenient and sufficient to lodge the 
aforesaid four companies, as are intended for this town ; but as 
we are informed that the house belonging to the estate of the late 
Colonel Heywood is as proper and convenient for the purpose 
aforesaid as any building in this town, and to be sold, we think 
proper to lay before the house a plan relating thereto, as also a 
plan of a barrack to be built adjoining to the present barrack, or 
such other place as shall be judged most convenient ; all which 
is submitted to the consideration of the house. 

Kingston. No barracks built, and his excellency is willing to 
let this town have one or more companies of His Majesty's troops 
was there proper lodgement to receive them. 

Port Royal. The barracks in that town being too small for 
receiving the number of men intended to be quartered there, your 
Committee are informed that said barracks are to be enlarged for 
that purpose. 

And, after some time spent in the Committee, Mr. Speaker 
resumed the chair, and Mr. Chief Justice, from a Committee, reported 
that they had gone through the matter to them referred, and come 
to several resolutions, which he read in his place, and afterwards 
delivered them in at the table ; where they being again read were 
agreed unto by the House, and are as follows : 

1. Resolved. It is the opinion of this Committee, that it be 
recommended to the House, to appoint a Committee to bring in a 
bill for obliging the several parishes to repair and keep up the 
respective barracks already bult. 

Ordered. That Mr. Puller, Mr. Pearon and Mr. March be a 
committee for that purpose. 

2. Resolved. It is the opinion of this Committee, that it he 


recommended to the House, to appoint a committee to treat with 
the attornies of Abraham Elton and Mary Heywood for the pur- 
chase of a house and footland, late of James Heywood, deceased, 
for a barrack for the service of the public. 

Ordered. That Mr. Arcedeckne, Mr. R. Beckford and Mr. Puller 
be a committee for that purpose. 

3. Resolved. It is the opinion of this CJommittee that a barrack 
be built at Kingston, at the expense of the parish of Kingston. 

4. Resolved. It is the opinion of this Committee that the barrack 
at Port-Royal be enlarged. 

Ordered. That it be an instruction to the committee appointed 
to bring in the bill for obliging the several parishes to repair and 
keep up the respective barracks already built, to insert a clause 
therein to oblige the parish of Kingston to build a barrack at the 
expense of the parish." 

We learn from Foster's " Alumini Oxonienses " that William 
Dennys, of New College, a chaplain who took his B.A. degree in 
1652, obtained leave of absence from the parliamentary visitors, 
for special service at sea in 1654, and died at Jamaica in 1655. He 
probably came out with Penn and Venables, and predeceased Thomas 
Gage who was chaplain to the expedition. 

In 1655, the very year in which the English took the island, 
Admiral William Goodson, one of the Commissioners charged with 
the conduct of Penn and Venables's expedition, requested that 
" some godly ministers with monies for their maintenance " should 
be sent out. Two years later the want of ministers in Jamaica 
was referred by the Council of State to the Committee for America 
for suggestions. It was one of the instructions to Doyley, when 
he was made governor in 1661, that he should give the best encourage- 
ment to ministers " that Christianity and the Protestant religion, 
according to the profession of the Church of England, may havfe 
due reverence amongst them " ; and later in the year it was resolved 
that the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London should 
choose five able ministers to be maintained in Jamaica at the King's 
expense for one year, the governor to provide for their maintenance 

In 1664 Sir Thomas Modyford, the governor, stated that there 
was " but one church (in the whole island) at St. Katherine's [at 
Spanish Town], being a fair Spanish Church ruined by the old 
soldiers, but lately in some measure repaired by Sir Charles Lyttel- 
ton ; but they are now levying contributions to raise churches in 
some of the richest parishes." There were then five ministers in 
the island, Henry Howser (a Switzer) being at St. Catherine's. 

In 1671 Sir Thomas Modyford replied to enquiries of His Majesty's 
Commissioners that : " Their Lordships will find among the statutes 
with these presented a law for the maintenance of the ministry ; 
until this His Majesty was piously pleased to pay five ministers 


£100 each, but since they were left upon the charity of the inhabi- 
tants, he has encouraged them to enlarge their payments at St. 
Katherine's, where he lives, from £50 to £140, and at Port Royal 
£200. At St. Katherine's, Mi. Howser, a Switzer, officiates ; at 
Port Royal, Mr. Maxwell, a Scotchman ; at St. John's, Mr. Lem- 
mings, an Englishman, lately sent by my Lord of London ; and 
hi St. Andrew's, Mr. Zellers, another Switzer ; all these are orthodox 
men, of good life and conversation, live comfortably on their means, 
and preach every Sunday. Mr. Pickering, of St. Thomas and St. 
David's, at Port Morant and Yallows, is. lately dead, and they have 
none to supply his place. But, alas, these five do not preach to 
one-third of the island, and the plantations are at such distance 
that it is impossible to make up congregations ; but they meet 
at each others houses, as the primitive Christians did, and there 
pray, read a chapter, sing a psalm, and home again ; so that did 
not the accessors to this island come so well instructed in the article 
of faith, it might well be feared the Christian religion would be 
quite forgot. I have, my Lords, and shall use all the persuasive 
means I can to advance this people's knowledge of the true God, 
as also of all Christian and moral virtues." 

In 1675 a Mr. Crandfield reported that there were six churches 
and four ministers, and two years later there were but three clergy 
in the island. In a MS., once in the House of Assembly Library, 
entitled " The State of the Church in His Majesty's Island of 
Jamaica," dated May 1675 (which was allowed to perish after 
Richard Hill quoted from it in 1864), it was stated, after enumerating 
the then stipended ministers of religion : " All the other parishes 
on the northside, and St. Elizabeth's on the south, are great and 
ill-settled, without churches, they being almost planted in Sir 
Thomas Lynch 's time, who ordered Glebe lands to be reserved in 
two or three places in every parish, that in time may prove con- 

In 1677 Howser and Zellers, " His Majesty's chaplains in Jamaica," 
petitioned that they might receive the pay promised to them, and 
declared that " the island, in regard of its great poverty, is not 
able to allow maintenance for four chaplains resident there." In 
the same year the Bishop of London represented the ill-usage of 
ministers in the Plantations, and their too great subjection to the 
vestrymen, especially in Jamaica ; and the Lords of Trade and 
Plantations resolved that the clergy should, in future, " make a 
part of the vestry in the regulation of all matters, except in the 
settlement of their maintenance." 

In 1681 an Act was passed for the maintenance of ministers and 
the poor, and erecting and repairing churches. Ten vestrymen 
and two churchwardens were yearly elected by the freeholders of 
each parish. The law provided for the keeping of a register of 
births, christenings, marriages and burials. Port Royal was to 
pay £250 to its minister, S.t. Catherine £120, St. Thomas, St. Andrew 


and St. John £100, and other parishes £80. These stipends were 
apparently not sufficient inducement, for in 1706 an Act was passed 
" for the encouragement of good and able ministers to come to this 
island." The salary of St. Catherine was fixed at £150 (or £250 if 
the vestry wished); for St. Thomas-in-the-Vale, St. Dorothy, 
Kingston, Vere, and Clarendon, it was £150 (or £200), and for the 
other parishes (mcluding Port Royal, by reason of its recent disasters) 
£100 (or £150 if the vestry wished). This system of payment of the 
rectors by the parishes was continued till late in the eighteenth 
centmy, when they were placed on the Island Establishment. 

In 1682 Sir Thomas Lynch sent home to the Bishop of London 
a detailed report of the state of the Church in Jamaica. He says : 
" At St. Jaga de la Vega the minister is also a Swiss, Mr. Howsyer ; 
he has £140 a year by law, and, since I came, £150. He is a reason- 
able preacher, a good liver, well esteemed, and very rich. The 
church is a Spanish church, and the parsonage good. The parish is 
called St. Catherine's." 

When, by an Act passed in 1789, burying in churches was pro- 
hibited, on penalty of £500 imposed on any rector who permitted it, 
the rectors received compensation in lieu of fees, the largest amount 
falling to the rector of Kingston, who received £100 per annum, 
St. Catherine being next with £70. 

As evidence of the relative value of the livings in the island at 
the time it is interesting to quote from the "Jamaica Magazine" 
that in November 1814, "The Reverend Alexander Campbell has 
been translated from the living of Kingston to that of St. Andrew's, 
vacant by the death of his father, the reverend John Campbell ; 
the Reverend Isaac Marm to that of Eongston ; the Reverend 
William Vaughan Hamilton from St. Elizabeth's to St. Catherine's ; 
and the Reverend William Peat from St. Dorothy's to St. Eliza- 

In 1800 Ecclesiastical Commissioners were appointed. But it is 
evident that they had not been able to eifect much by April 1802, 
when Lady Nugent wrote : "I will conclude my tour through the 
island with a few remarks. In this country it appears as if every- 
thing were bought and sold. Clergymen make no secret of making a 

traffic of their livings ; but General N has set his face against 

such proceedings, and has refused many applications for the purpose. 
He is determined to do all he can towards the reformation of the 
Church, and thus rendering it respectable. It is indeed melancholy 
to see the general disregard of both religion and morality throughout 
the whole island." 

Matters were much improved when the see of Jamaica, which 
then included the Bahamas and British Honduras, was formed in 
1824 ; and in 1870, when Disestablishment threw the Chittch almost 
entirely on to volimtary resources, it gave to it a new vitality. 

Many of the old Baptismal, Marriage and Burial registers are 
deposited for safe keeping in the Record Office at Spanish Town, 


where all the old chinch registers should be, as they would there 
have a chance of longer life than when exposed to the vicissitudes 
of local vestries, and would, moreover, be more readily available for 
research than when scattered throughout the island. 

It may be convenient to give here a list of the earliest date of the 
Baptismal, Marriage and Burial registers for the island, taken 
from " Sketch Pedigrees of some of the early Settlers in Jamaica. 
By Noel B. Livingston, Kingston 1909." 

Earliest Date op Parish Registers 


Baptisms Marriages Burials 

Kingston . 

1722 . 

. 1721 . 


Port Royal 

1728 . 

. 1727 . 

. 1725 

St. Andrew 

1664 . 

1668 . 

. 1666 

St. Thomas ye East 


. 1721 . 

. 1708 

St. David 

1794 . 

. 1794 . 

. 1794 

Portland . 

1804 . 

. 1804 . 

. 1808 

St. George 

1806 . 

. 1807 


St. Mary . 

1752 . 

. 1755 . 

. 1767 


1690 . 

. 1695 . 

. 1769 

St. Ann . 

1768 . 

1768 . 

. 1768 


1816 . 

. 1827 . 

. 1817 

St. Catherine 

1668 . 

. 1668 . 


St. John 


. 1751 

. 1751 

St. Dorothy 


. 1725 . 

. 1706 

St. Thomas ye Vale 

1816 . 

. 1816 . 

. 1816 

Metcalfe . 

1843 . 

1843 . 

. 1843 

Westmoreland . 

1740 . 

. i740 . 

. 1741 

St. Elizabeth 

1708 . 

. 1719 . 

. 1720 

Trelawny . 


. 1771 . 


St. James 

1770 . 

. 1772 . 

. 1774 


1696 . 

. 1743 . 

. 1733 

Hanover . 

1725 . 

1754 . 


John Roby, Jamaica's most celebrated antiquary, published 
(from notes made in 1824) in 1831, at Montego Bay, where he was 
then collector of customs, " Monuments of the Cathedral Church 
and Parish of St. Catherine." The information therein given was 
included and supplemented by Lawrence-Archer in his " Monu- 
mental Inscriptions of the British West Indies," published in 1875 : 
and annotations to Lawrence-Archer's account, by the present 
writer and Mr. N. B. Livingston, were published in "Caribbeana" 
for January and April 1910. A full account of the history of the 
Church of England in Jamaica may be gathered from the work of 
the Rev. J. B. Ellis, published in 1913, " The Diocese of Jamaica." 

The history of the Department of Public Gardens and Plantations, 
now known as the Agricultural Department, is intimately con- 


neoted with the vaiious vicissitudes through which the island has 
passed. The following particulars have been taken in great measure 
from the account in the " Handbook of Jamaica for 1900." 

Directly and indirectly during the last hundred years and more 
the Department has been the means of introducing and propagating 
some of the most valuable plants, now the sources of the staple 
products of the island. 

It is a striking fact that with the exception of pimento and a 
few others of comparatively little value, most of the staple products 
of the island are derived from exotics or plants introduced from 
other parts of the globe, either by accident or by direct intention. 

The sugar-cane, though here in the time of the Spaniards, was 
first cultivated by the English, by Sir Thomas Modyford, in 1660 ; 
but its most valuable varieties, the Otaheite and Bourbon canes, 
were introduced in His Majesty's ships by Captain Bligh as late as 
1796. Coffee was introduced by Governor Sir Nicholas Lawes in 
1718. The mango, brought by Captain Marshall of Rodney's 
squadron in 1782, was first planted in Hinton East's botanic 
garden, in Liguanea, and is now one of the commonest trees in the 
island. The plentiful and free-growing logwood was introduced 
from Honduras by Dr. Bar ham, the author of " Hortus Americanns," 
in 1715. The beautiful akee was obtained by Dr. Thomas Clarke, 
first Island Botanist, from a West African slave ship in 1778. The 
ciimamon came with the mango in Captain Marshall's ship in 1782, 
and was distributed from the Bath Garden by Dr. Dancer. The 
ubiquitous but graceful bamboo is also an exotic and owes its intro- 
duction to M. Wallen, who brought it from Hispaniola and first 
planted it in the parish of St. Thomas-in-the-East. To Wallen, 
formerly owner of Cold Spring and Wallenford, the friend of Swartz 
and a successful botanist, we are no doubt indebted for the first 
plants of the watercress, chickweed, wild pansy, groundsel, dead 
nettles, dandelion, common honeysuckle, black-berried elder, 
evening primrose, nasturtium, common myrtle, the English oak, 
white clover, and the sweet violet, now common on the Port Royal 
and Blue Mountains, being possibly escapes from his garden at 
Cold Spring, which even in 1793 was well stocked with choice 
selections of introduced flowers and European trees and shrubs. 
For the cherimoyer we are indebted to Hinton East, who introduced 
if from South America in 1786 ; to East and his magnificent garden 
we also owe the jasmines and many species of lilies, many con- 
volvuli, the oleander, the horse-radish tree, numerous roses, 
the trumpet- flower, monkey-bread, the camellia, CaUa cethiojdca, 
the weeping willow, the mulberry tree, the Arbor vitm, and the 
sweet-scented mimosa. Dr. Clarke, on his arrival as Island Botanist 
in 1777, brought with him the jujube tree, and the litchi, the 
purple dracsena, the sago palm, and the valuable camphor tree; 
at the same time there came the now common " almond tree," the 
tea tree, and the " sunn " hemp plant. The wanglo, or zezegary, 


was sent by Sir Simon Haughton Clarke in 1801. The nutmeg 
tree, first brought by Rodney in 1782, was reintroduced by Dr. 
Marter in 1788, together with the clove and black pepper, for which 
he received the thanks of the House of Assembly and an honorarium 
of £1000. The seeds of the valuable and now indispensable Guinea- 
grass were accidentally introduced from the West Coast of Africa 
as bird food in 1745. Scotch grass received its name from having 
been first brought from Scotland to Barbados. 

Pindars were brought to Hinton East from South America ; the 
afou, the acom and Guinea yam, and indeed all but one of the 
cultivated yams, are from the coast of Africa or East Indies. The 
seeds of the guango were brought over from the mainland by 
Spanish cattle. Cacao is indigenous to Central America. The 
shaddock was brought to the West Indies from China by Captain 
Shaddock, hence its name. The genip was brought to Jamaica 
from Surinam by one Guaf, a Jew. The ginger is a native of the 
East Indies, introduced to Jamaica by a Spaniard, Francisco de 
Mendiza. The locust tree and blimbling were brought to Jamaica 
from the South Seas in H.M.S. Providence in the year 1793. The 
orange, both sweet and Seville, the lime, the lemon and citron, were 
brought hither by the Spaniards. The Jerusalem thorn is from the 
Spanish main. The prickly pear is a Mexican plant. 

It appears that the first public garden established in the island 
was the old Botanic Garden at Bath ; and in the Journals of the 
House of Assembly mention is made of Dr. Thomas Clarke, 
" Practitioner in Physic and Surgery," who came to the island in 
1777, at the particular instance and request of Sir Basil Keith, 
to superintend two botanic gardens, then intended to be estab- 
lished in the island. One was to be a European Garden, which 
however was not established till long after, at Cinchona, and the 
other was the Tropical Garden at Bath. 

A private garden possessing many rare and valuable plants had 
already been formed by Hinton East in Liguanea (Gordon Town), 
which, on the death of the founder, became the property of his 
nephew, E. H. East, " who with great generosity offered it to 
the Assembly of Jamaica for the use of the public at their own 

Bryan Edwards remarks that " the Assembly of Jamaica, co- 
operating with the benevolent intentions of His Majesty (to introduce 
valuable exotics and productions of the most distant regions to the 
West Indies) purchased in 1792-93 the magnificent Botanical 
Garden of Mr. East and placed it on the public establishment, 
under the care of skilful gardeners, one of whom, Mr. James Wiles, 
had circumnavigated the globe with Captain Bligh." 

An interesting catalogue of the plants in this garden, at the time 
of East's decease, was prepared by Dr. A. Broughton, and forms an 
appendix under the title of " Hortus Eastensis " to Bryan Edwards's 
" History of the British West Indies." 


rrom a letter addressed to Sir Joseph Banks by the Botanic 
Gardener, Jamaica, 1793, we gather that the bread-fruit trees 
" were upwards of 11 feet high, with leaves 36 inches long, and the 
success in cultivating them has exceeded the most sanguine expecta- 
tions ; the cinnamon tree is become very common, and mangoes 
are in such plenty as to be planted in the negro grounds. There 
are, also, several bearing trees of the jack or bastard bread-fruit. . 
and we have one nutmeg plant." For his services in introducing 
the bread-fruit tree, 1000 guineas were granted in 1793 to Captain 
Bligh and 500 guineas to Lieutenant Portlock. 

The Botanic Garden at Liguanea continued to be under Wiles's 
care (superintended by a Committee of the House of Assembly) 
for many years, while that at Bath was entrusted to Dr. Dancer 
as Island Botanist. The allowance for the two gardens was fixed 
at £800. The duties of the Island Botanist were defined as follows : 
" To collect, class and describe the native plants of the island ; to 
use his endeavours to find out their medicinal virtues ; to discover 
if they possess any qualities useful to the arts, and annually to 
furnish the House with a, correct list of such plants as are in the 
Botanic Gardens, together with such information as he may have 
acquired relative to their uses and virtues." 

For the purpose of distributing the bread-fruit and other valuable 
plants from the Botanic Garden the Committee of the House 
"appointed several Committees for each county, to receive and 
distribute the allotments destined for them," and, according as 
sufficient numbers were prepared for propagation, the Chairmen of 
the County Committes were apprised and their respective proportions 
delivered and distributed," by which means," itis quaintly remarked, 
" the public has derived all the advantages to be expected from 
these establishments." 

During the years 1791-1807 the Committee in charge of the 
Botanic Gardens, with Shirley as Chairman, greatly developed and 
improved them. Enquiries were made everywhere for new pro- 
ducts ; thanlss and gratuities were voted for the introduction of 
valuable plants, and these were cultivated and distributed with 
great assiduity and care. In order to make the islands less dependent 
on America for supplies every encouragement was given to the 
cultivation of yams, cocoas, maize, plantain, and such products 
as the bread-fruit, zezegary or wanglo, nutmeg, clove, cirmamon, 
pindars and coffee, it being believed that the " cultivation of these 
valuable exotics will without doubt in a course of years lessen the 
dependence of the Sugar Islands on North America for food and 
necessaries ; and not only supply subsistence for future generations, 
but probably furnish fresh incitements to industry, new improve- 
ments in the arts, and new subjects of commerce." 

These beneficial efforts, long and successfully maintained, were 
however greatly relaxed after the year 1807, and under the influence 
of 'domestic troubles, want of due appreciation of the value and 


nature of botanic gardens, or the need of strict economy, a bill was 
introduced into the House of Assembly in 1810 " for vesting the 
Botanic Garden in Llguanea in the Commissioners of the Board 
of Works, to be sold and the money to be brought to the credit of 
the public." This bill was finally passed December 1810, and, 
the garden passing to private hands, many of the valuable plants 
contained in it, and collected with so much care and industry, were 
entirely lost. 

The garden at Bath was however maintained, though in a very 
reduced state. Dr. Stewart West acted for some time as Island 
Botanist, and was engaged in collecting the plants that had been 
lost from the gardens, for the purpose of propagating and distri- 
buting them. 

The first record to be found of any agricultural society in Jamaica 
occurs in 1807. The society, which had evidently been in existence 
for some little time, belonged to Cornwall. As it was called the 
Agricultural Society it was presumably the only one of its kind 
in existence. In 1825 a Jamaica Horticultural Society was formed 
at Kingston, which two years later became the Jamaica Society 
for the Cultivation of Agriculture and other Arts and Sciences, 
which did good work till it ceased to exist in 1850. 

In the year 1824 an effort was made to restore the value and 
usefulness of the botanic gardens, and Sir M. B. Clare, from the 
Committee appointed to enquire into the state of the Botanic 
Garden, reported : " That the Botanic Garden in St.-Thomas-in- 
the-East, established more than fifty years ago, has during that 
period received and transmitted for propagation throughout the 
island many valuable plants. That the royal munificence of his 
late Majesty promoted the object of this institution by vessels of 
war employed to collect plants in the settlements of the east and 
south seas, some of which are now naturalized in this island, and 
more might be added, greatly to the advantage of its inhabitants. 
Your Committee therefore recommend that proper care may be 
taken to preserve the valuable plants which the Garden now con- 
tains. That in addition to the above considerations. Your Com- 
mittee are of opinion that one object of this institution of chief 
importance has never been properly attended to, namely, the in- 
vestigation of the many unknown native plants of this island, which, 
from the properties of those already known, it is reasonable to infer 
would prove highly beneficial in augmenting our internal resources, 
by supplying various articles either for food, for medicine, or for 
manufactures, to be cultivated, prepared and exported as staple 
commodities, by which great commercial advantages might be 
obtained ; among others the various vegetable dyes claim particular 
attention as promising a fruitful field for discovery. That it appears 
to your Committee that the person fit for undertaking such enquiries 
ought to be a well-educated and scientific man, combining with his 
botanical knowledge sufBoient information in experimental chemistry 


to enable him to discover the useful qualities of such indigenous 
plants, and improve the productions of those already known ; but 
at the same time yoiu: Committee strongly recommend that such 
person should not be a medical man, as his whole time and attention 
ought to be applied to promote the above objects. Your Committee 
recommends to the House to instruct the Commissioners of Corres- 
pondence to direct the Agent to apply for such a person to the 
President of the Linnean Society in London." As a result of this 
proposal James Macfadyen was selected and approved of as a 
botanist, and arrived in the island in 1825. 

At the same time it was felt that the botanic garden at Bath 
was too distant from Kingston and the seat of government to answer 
the intention proposed, and it was recommended that a bill be 
brought in for purchasing a proper place for such a garden in the 
vicinity of Kingston and Spanish Town. 

This proposal was, however, never carried into execution, and 
the garden at Bath on the removal and death of Macfadyen, " fast 
falling to decay," was placed in charge of Thomas Higson ; and his 
petitions addressed to the House of Assembly during 1830-32 show 
that the allowances made were not sufficient for the maintenance 
of the garden even in its reduced state, and that no remuneration 
had been made to him for its superintendence. 

In 1833, in another fit of economy, owing to domestic troubles 
and tne need for retrenchment, a Committee was appointed to 
" report on the best means of diminishing the contingencies and 
expenditure of the island and to consider whether the Botanic 
Gardens at Bath could be sold for the benefit of the public." The 
report was made at the close of the year and ordered to lie on the 
table. Nothing further, however, appears to have been done for 
the garden till 1840, when the sum of £300 was " voted for the 
improvement of the Garden at Bath and for the services of a 
Botanist." This sum, afterwards reduced to £200, was placed 
in the hands of the members of St. Thomas-in-the-East, Portland 
and St. David, by whom it appears to have been administered down 
to the year 1852, when the garden was transferred to the Board of 
Directors of the Bath of St. Thomas the Apostle. Nathaniel 
Wilson was appointed Curator of the Garden in 1847, and devoted 
many years, often labouring under great discouragements, in 
maintaining and improving the garden and introducing new plants. 
His yearly reports contain sufficient evidence of the value of the 
garden, small as it was, to an island entirely dependent for its 
prosperity on its agricultural interest ; and, assisted and encouraged 
by the Rev. Thomas Wharton, Wilson laboured most successfully 
in the propagation and distribution of valuable plants, and especially 
in developing the " fibre " resources of the colony. 

In 1842 we find there were local agricultural societies in St. 
Dorothy, St. John, St. Thomas-in-the-Vale, St. Thomas-in-the- 
East, St. Catherine, St. Andrew, St. James and Trelawny. In 


the following year a general Agricultural Society was established, 
with the governor as patron, with eighteen vice-patrons, and local 
committees la each of the parishes. In 1845 this society became 
the Royal Agricultural Society of Jamaica. In 1854 a Jamaica 
Society of Arts was established, which two years later became the 
Royal Society of Arts of Jamaica. This in 1864 was amalgamated 
with the Royal Agricultural Society — ^the two becoming the Royal 
Society of Arts and Agricultm-e, but it ceased after about 1873: 
the present Jamaica Agricultural Society being established in 1895. 

In 1857 a grant was passed by the Legislature for purchasing land 
and for a botanic garden at Castleton, in the parish of St. Mary, 
nineteen miles from Kingston, and steps were at once taken to 
establish the garden and remove such plants as could be spared 
from Bath. 

Writing in 1861 Wilson referred to the successful introduction of 
seeds of the valuable cinchona tree to Jamaica, through the 
liberality of the British Government and recommendation of Sir 
W. J. Hooker of Kew. By the month of October 1861 Wilson 
reported that he had over four hundi'ed healthy plants quite 
ready for planting out. As the climate of Bath was unsuitable 
for the successful growth of cinchona, by the kindness of Dr. 
Hamilton, they were tried at Cold Spring coffee plantation .in St. 
Andrew, at an elevation of 4000 feet. Here Wilson found " the 
climate and soil to be all he could desire, and as it afforded every 
facility for carrying out so valuable an experiment he at once 
availed himself of it, and planted out in the coffee fields, November 
1861, several plants of each species. 

The garden at Castleton was then finally established, and ulti- 
mately the government ,Cinchona plantations were opened in 
1868, and placed under the management of Robert Thompson, 
who on Wilson's retirement had been appointed superintendent 
of the Botanic Gardens. The cinchona trees flourished, but the 
industry was killed by the cheaper production of bark from India. 

Thompson retired in 1878, and was succeeded by Mr. (now Sir) 
Daniel Morris till 1886, then Mr. William Pawcett till 1908, when 
the Department was changed into an agricultural Department, 
with Mr. H. H. Cousins as Director and a Farm School and Stock 
Farm were added to the Hope establishment. At the same time the 
Government Laboratory, originated in 1870 as a separate depart- 
ment, and in 1901 brought into direct connexion with agricultural 
work, was amalgamated with it. 

The Palisadoes plantation of coco-nuts, which in 1884 had some 
23,000 palms in bearing, was while in the care of lessee later 
attacked by disease. 

Mining operations have been carried on with more or less success 
in Jamaica from time to time. In 1857 there were four mining 
companies operating : the Clarendon Consolidated Copper M inin g 


Company in Clarendon, where^mining has recently been re-intro- 
duced ; the Wheal-Jamaica, with a capital of £100,000 ; the 
EUerslie and Bardowie Copper Mines (capital £50,000) in St. Andrew ; 
and the Rio Grande Copper Mine (capital £60,000) in Portland. 

The earliest reference to Education in the history of Jamaica 
occurs under date February 23, 1663, when a warrant was issued 
to prepare a bill for the king's signature authorizing the treasurer 
of the exchequer to pay the sum of £500 yearly to Thomas Povey 
to be by him transmitted and equally distributed to five ministers 
serving in Jamaica or to four ministers and a schoolmaster as shall 
seem fit to the governor. 

Jamaica then apparently preferred preaching to teaching — 
there being at the time obviously few children of a teachable age — 
for there is no further reference to the schoolmaster. 

In 1671 the last of twenty -four enquiries sent to the governor, 
Sir Thomas Modyford, was " what provision for instructing the 
people in the Christian religion and for paying the ministry ? " ; 
but there was no mention made of secular education. 

In 1675 Sir Thomas Lynch reported that " Mr. Lemon, a sober- 
going man and a very good preacher, is minister of Guinaboa, 
St. John's parish ; he has £100 per annum from the parish, and 
about "as much from Colonel Coape for keeping a free school he 
has erected." To John Coape, who was a member of the first 
Council, Custos of Precinct VII (consisting of the parishes of St. 
John, St. Ann, St. George and St. Mary) and a Quaker, is due 
the honour of having spent the first money recorded m the cause 
of education in Jamaica. 

The art of self-defence was not neglected, Sara Lyssons, of St. 
Thomas, employed John Lookmore, " a master of the noble science 
of defence," to teach her sons, in 1678. 

Till the end of the seventeenth century the safety of trade and 
commerce, the means of defence against Spanish or French invasion, 
the encouragement of immigration, government, and legislation, 
formed the subjects of discussion with the home government, and 
the comparatively newly formed colony was too unsettled to think 
of imparting knowledge to the rising generation. 

The only reference to education found in the legislation of the 
century is in an " Act for Confirmation of Pious, Charitable and 
Public Gifts and Grants," to " erecting or maintaining of Churches, 
Chappels, Schools, Universities, CoUedges, or other places for 
education of Youth or maintenance of men of Learning, or any 
Alms-houses or Hospitals, or any other uses whatsoever, heretofore 
made, and hereafter to be made within the time aforesaid." But 
it was long ere " CoUedges " came into being, and the Universities 
are as yet in the future. 

In the year 1688, Sir HenryMorgan, of buccaneering fame, gave 
£100 to aid the bequest of £100 sterling by Joachim Hane to found 


a school in St. Mary, but nothing was rendered available to the 
establishment of such a school. 

Bridges tells us that " in. the year 1695 Sir Nicolas Lawes be- 
queathed his estate, in default of heirs, to found a free school for 
the benefit of the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew. A school 
was consequently incorporated, with a seal, bearing the founder's 
arms, but it failed for want of sufficient means, and the land waS 
attached to the rectory. Twelve years afterwards Zacariah Gaulton 
left £80 per annum to pay a master and £500 to build a school- 
house, and in 1721 Benjamin Cotman bequeathed his estate for 
the same purpose." As a matter of fact Sir Nicholas Lawes's will 
is dated August 21, 1730, and the bequest was not to establish a 
school, but " unto the Governors of the Free School of St. Andrews 
in the Island of Jamaica for the time being, and in case there 
be no Governors at that time as the Law directs then to such 
Governors as the Chancellor or Commander-in-Chief of the said 
Island shall direct and appoint Governors of the said Free School 
then I say I give to such Governors of the said Free School and 
their successors for ever the estate and premisses aforesaid for 
and towards the maintenance of the Masters Teachers and' other 
Officers of the said Free School the repairing and making new 
Buildings more fitt and comodious large house or houses on the 
land at Halfway Tree which I formerly gave for that use finishing 
and furnishing the same and for and towards the maintenance 
support education and learning of so many Scholars (native youths 
of Jamaica) as the said Governors of the said School or the major 
part of them shall from time to time think fitt to admit to that 
benefit and the said bequest can support and maintain." 

But this bequest never took effect, for all his children who were 
living when he made his will — his sons James and Temple and his 
daughter Judith Maria — survived him. 

Roger Elletson, Speaker of the House of Assembly, and Chief 
Justice, in the year 1690 gave £20 towards the foimdation of a 
school in St. Aiidrew. Edward Harrison, in 1695, and Charles 
Delacree, in the succeeding year, each bequeathed £10 per annum 
for the same purpose. The bequests, however, were allowed to 
lie dormant until the year 1789, when the principal and interest 
were estimated at £14,710, no part of which was, however, recovered. 

John Mills, in 1711, after several entails, left money to establish 
a free school in St. Elizabeth, but no such institution ever existed. 

In the year 1736, Edward Pennant left £200 for a school and 
books, in Clarendon ; and a school was founded in Old Woman's 
Savannah, aided by subscriptions to the amount of £2000. It 
flourished about the year 1758, when, by some ill-management, 
it failed ; the premises were vested in trustees for sale, and the 
institution vanished. 

By the end of the seventeenth century the need of education for 
the sons and daughters of the colonists must h^ve become pressing. 


The plan usually adopted by those who could afford it was to 
send their children (often the illegitimate as well as the legitimate) 
home ; and so it continued in the main till the end of the following 
century, and indeed far into the nineteenth. Many a son of 
Jamaica acquired a good education in England, and not a few 
graduated at the universities. A manuscript " Catalogue of Men 
bom in the Island of Jamaica who matriculated at Oxford 1689-1885 
extracted from Alumni Oxonienses. (To which I have added a 
few stray names of men connected with the island.) By William 
Cowper, M.A.," in the Library of the Institute of Jamaica, contains 
268 names of men luiown to have matriculated at Oxford. Peter 
Beckford, who matriculated in 1688, and afterwards became 
lieutenant-governor of Jamaica, is the first on the list which 
includes other well-known names, such as Garbrand, Dawkins, 
Nedham, Ellis, Price, Gale, Gregory, Haughton, Morant, Barham, 
Lawrence, Lewis, Clarke, Barrett, East, Dallas, Dwarris and 

A review of the state of education in the middle of the eighteenth 
century is given by Leslie in his " New History of Jamaica " (1740), 
He says : 

" Learning is here at the lowest Ebb ; there is no publick School 
in the whole Island, neither do they seem fond of the thing ; several 
large Donations have been made for such Uses, but have never 
taken Effect. The Office of a Teacher is looked upon as con- 
temptible and no Gentleman keeps Company with one of that 
Character ; to read, write and cast Accounts, is all the Education 
they desire, and even these are but scurvily taught. A Man of 
any Parts or Learning, that would employ himself in that Business, 
would be despised and starve.^ The Gentlemen whose Fortunes 
can allow it, send their Children to Qreat Britain, where they have 
the Advantage of a polite generous Education ; but others are 
spoil'd, and make such an inconsiderable Figure ever after, that 
they are the common Butt in every Conversation. Mr. Beckford * 
has lately bequeathed £2000 sterling, for a Free-School : It is 
doubtful whether this Gentleman's Intentions will be answered 
by the Managers ; for by their way of proceeding there is small 
Appearance they design to encourage Men of Merit to take upon 
them such an Office. Several have lately offered themselves who 
were every way qualified for the Undertaking ; and some promised 
themselves Success, from the good Disposition they perceived in 
many to encourage their Design ; but after a Trial were of Necessity 
obliged to quit it. 'Tis Pity, in a Place like this, where the Means 
could be so easily afforded, something of a publick Nature should 
not be done for the Advantage of Posterity ; but when such a 
Spirit will appear, is hard to determine. There are indeed several 

* Peter Beckford, the grandfather of William Beckford of FonthiU, 
who behaved badly with respect to the Drax property. 


Gantlemen who are well acquainted with Learning, in some of its 
most valuable Branches : but these are few ; and the Generality 
seem to have a greater Affection for the moodish Vice of Gaming 
than the Belles Lettres, and love a Pack of Cards better than the 
Bible. To talk of a Homer, or a Virgil, of a Tully, or a Demosthenes, 
is quite unpolite ; and it cannot be otherwise ; for a Boy, till the 
Age of Seven or Eight, diverts himself with the Negroes, acquires 
their broken way of talking, their Manners of Behaviour, and all 
the Vices which these unthinking Creatures can teach : Then 
perhaps he goes to School ; but young Master must not be corrected ; 
if he learns, 'tis well ; if not, it can't be helped. After a little 
Knowledge of reading, he goes to the Dancing-school, and com- 
mences Beau, learns the common Topicks of Discourse, and visits 
and rakes with his Equals. This is their Method ; and how can 
it be supposed one of such a Turn can entertain any generous 
Notions, distinguish the Beauties of Virtue, act for the Good of 
his Country, or appear in any Station of Life, so as to deserve 
Applause ? Some of the Ladies read, they all dance a great deal, 
coquet much, di-ess for Admirers ; and at last, for the most part, 
run away with the most insignificant of their humble Servants. 
Their Education consists intirely in acquiring these little Arts. 
'Tis a thousand Pities they do not improve their Minds, as well as 
their Bodies ; they would then be charming Creatures indeed." 

That the object of those few who, amongst a community in- 
different to such matters, wished to benefit education in Jamaica, 
had been in the main disregarded during the eighteenth century, 
is evident from a report of a Committee of the Assembly presented 
in November 1791 by Bryan Edwards, the historian. The Com- 
mittee had been appointed to " enquire into and prepare an account 
of the several charities and donations that have been made and 
devised from time to time, by well disposed persons for the estab- 
lishment of free-schools in the different parts of this Island, and 
which have not been carried into effect agreeably to the intention 
of the donors ; and further to report a state of the landed and 
other real property, funds, and securities for money, which, in the 
judgment of the Committee, are at this time subject and liable 
to such donations ; and their opinion what steps are proper to be 
taken for the recovery and establishment thereof for the purposes 

They reported " that the committee, limiting their enquiries to 
such charities or donations only, in the recovery whereof there 
appears at this time any visible property to which resort can be 
had, confine themselves to the several Parishes of St. Ann, St. 
Andrew, Vere, and Westmoreland : In each of these parishes 
donations have been made for the purpose in the resolution of the 
House mentioned ; some of which donations have not been carried 
into full effect, and others have remained wholly unapplied and 


unaccounted for by the several devisees, executors, purchasers, or 
possessors, under the original granters or donors of such estates 
or properties as were specially charged with such donations." 

That matters had not much improved by the beginning of the 
nineteenth century is evident from " An Account of Jamaica and 
its Inhabitants," published in 1808. "Literature," the author 
says, " is little cultivated in Jamaica, nor is reading a very favorite 
amusement. There is a circulating Library in Kingston, and, in 
one or two other places a paltry attempt at such a thing, these 
collections of books not being of that choice and miscellaneous 
nature which they ought to be, but usually composed of a few good 
novels mixed with a much larger proportion of these ephemeral 
ones which are daily springing up, and which are a disgrace to 
literature, and an insult to common sense." 

John Rippingham, the author of "Jamaica considered in its 
Present State, Political, Financial, and Philosophical" (1817), 
presented a memorial to the Assembly, setting forth that " there 
is no establishment provided by this Island for the education of 
sons of gentlemen, that he had had considerable experience in the 
higher departments of education, and had published several works 
upon intellectual improvement, and that he offered his abilities, 
acquirements, and assiduity to supply the deiiciency and craved 
the aid of the house." The matter was referred to a Committee 
and the House agreed, on their report, that they did not consider 
it expedient to adopt any measure on the subject. Whether the 
House thought higher education was not necessary or doubted 
Rippingham's ability to give it, is not stated. 

Bridges, writing in his " Annals," gives some account of the 
educational efforts of the past. He reports " no endowments of 
any kind " in the parishes of Trelawny, Manchester, St. Dorothy 
(now part of St. Catherine), St. Thomas-in-the-Vale, and St. 
Thomas -in -the -East or in St. James, although the Legislature had 
early in the eighteenth century appropriated £1400 per annum 
for the purpose. 

In 1843 the Charity Commissioners of England reported on the 
schools of Jamaica : 

" With this view, then, we may be permitted to observe that 
almost all the schools in question have been greatly modified by, 
and that many owe their very existence, or their increased income 
to, acts of the Legislature. The original bequest to the Jamaica 
Free School would probably have been lost to that institution, 
but for the interference of the Legislature, and a great part of its 
present funds was derived from a grant of the Crown. So at Vere, 
the Act 2 Geo. 4, c. 19, recites that the school was failing for want 
of scholars, and its original constitution was accordingly varied, 
by throwing it open for the repeption of children from the adjoining 


and other parishes. Grants have, from time to time, been made 
to each of these schools for temporary purposes, e.g. repairs, etc., 
and a permanent rate of interest amomiting to no less than 8 per 
cent, is paid by the Receiver General to both. It is not, therefore, 
we think, too much to say that the Legislature has thus acquired 
(even if it did not necessarily possess it) a right to deal with the 
funds of these institutions, in such manner as it may deem expedient. 
Least of all can this be denied where the object is not to divert 
them from, but to apply them more usefully to the great purpose 
of education, for which they were originally intended. More 
especially does this remark apply to the Jamaica Free School, 
which appears by the Act 18, Geo. 3, c. 25, s. 5, to have been 
expressly intended to fulfil this end, and was even permitted to 
incorporate with its own funds those of any other charitable 
institution, which were either unappropriated, or which parties 
were willing to transfer to it, with a view to carry out this very 

Of the condition of education in the middle of the nineteenth 
century, Gardner, in his " History " (1873), states : 

"Another Commission, first appointed in 1843, was also dis- 
charging the duty of enquiring into the extent and management 
of the different charities of the island, and quietly preparing the 
way for some wholesome reforms. Many painful facts were 
brought to light relative to the culpable alienation of benevolent 
bequests from their intended purpose ; and other facts equally 
discreditable, in reference to the mode in which existing charities 
were managed." 

Robson, in " The Story of our Jamaica Mission " (1894), says: 
" In 1855 the Governor, Sir Henry Barkly, in a despatch to the 
Colonial Secretary, said : ' By far the most creditable institution 
in the island is the Presbjrterian Academy, principally intended 
for training young men of the ministry or the scholastic profession. 
It still held a foremost place and was accomplishing excellent 
work ; there were twenty-four missionary students and fifty-six 
public scholars in attendance. But the expense to the Home 
Church, amounting to nearly £500 a year, appeared to call for 
some more economical scheme.' " 

In a chapter in his " History " devoted to " Religion, Education, 
and Social Progress, from 1839 to 1865," Gardner makes no refer- 
ence to Secondary Education, imless the foimdation of Calabar 
College in 1843 for the training of a native Baptist Ministry can 
be so considered. 

In 1865 an Act (28 Vic, c. 23) was passed by which the Govern- 
ment appropriated the sums of money deposited from time to 
time in the Public Treasury by various charities and institutions 
at varying rates of interest, and became responsible for the payment 


of perpetual annuities in lieu thereof, thereby preventing for the 
future so far as those funds were concerned any of that misapplica- 
tion alluded to in the reports of the Committee of 1791. 

Under that able organizer, Sir John Peter Grant (1866-1874), 
elementary education was put on a sound basis of encoiiragement 
and support ; by him was also founded the too ambitious and 
short-lived College at Spanish Town which aimed at providing a 
university education for a commimity that was not yet ready for it. 

During the governorship of Sir Anthony Musgrave the needs of 
Secondary Education — ^which was defined as being the encourage- 
ment of education of a higher grade " among those classes of the 
community who would value it, if placed within their reach, but 
whose means do not enable them to send their children to Europe 
for the purpose of obtaining it " — ^received full consideration. 

By the creation in 1879 of the Jamaica Schools Commission, 
which exercises over endowed schools in Jamaica the same sort of 
supervision formerly exercised by the Charity Commissioners in 
England over English schools, means were afforded for placing 
the old endowed schools of the island under suitable management. 
The Jamaica High School was established, the Jamaica Scholar- 
ship was started, and the Cambridge Local Examinations were 
held for the first time in 1882 ; and later in 1891 the University of 
London was induced to hold its examinations in the colony. 

The Wesleyan Church started their High School at York Castle, 
in St. Ann, in 1876 ; and the Institute of Jamaica for the encourage- 
ment of Literature, Science and Art was founded by the Govern- 
ment in 1879. 

In 1892 a Secondary Education Law (32 of 1892) was passed, 
empowering the Governor in Privy Council on the recommendation 
of the Board of Education — a Board formed with the main object 
of advising on elementary education — to declare any important 
centre of population to be without adequate provision for secondary 
education and to establish a school there, to be managed by a 
local committee of management under the supervision of the 
Board. A subsequent act of the Legislature transferred the duty 
of supervision of all such schools from the Board of Education to 
the Jamaica Schools Commission. In 1911 the secondary schools 
of the island were first inspected and reported on by an English 
school inspector. 

Taverns must have existed in Jamaica from early times. They 
are mentioned in the Deficiency law, by which one white hired or 
indentured servant had to be kept for every tavern or retail shop ; 
and White's Tavern in Kingston is referred to in the Journals of the 
Assembly in 1730. That there was a tavern at Dry Harbour in 
1769 is evident from a rare view published in that year entitled 
" Dry Harbour in the Parish of St. Ann's, Jamaica, taken from the 
West end of the Tavern, with the Eort and Barracks, now in Ruins." 
But when one considers the large amount of travelling by road 


that was done in Jamaica in the past, there were, comparatively 
speaking, few taverns or posting houses, the truth being that 
planters and even strangers relied in the main on the proverbial 
hospitality of the inhabitants. Of " the Permanent natives, or 
Creole men," Long tells us in his history (written in 1774), " their 
hospitality is unlimited ; they having lodging and entertainment 
always at the service of transient strangers and travellers ; and 
receive in the most friendly manner those, with whose character and 
circumstances they are often utterly unacquainted." And he adds 
as a footnote : " One obvious proof of this is, that there is scarcely 
one tolerable inn throughout the whole Island, except at a great 
distance from any settlement." He refers to Knockpatrick, now 
in Manchester, and " two good taverns " at Lacovia in St. Eliza- 
beth. He says : " The Tavern at Knock-patrick (belonging also 
to Mr. W — stn — y), the next settlement we come to, stands very 
commodiously, and enjoys a most excellent climate. The Bnglith 
beans, pease, and other culinary vegetables of Europe grow here 
in most seasons of the year, to the utmost perfection. A gentleman 
who supped here could not help remarking, that the victuals were 
literally brought smoaking-hot to table, a phenomenon seldom 
observed in the low lands, where the air is so much more rarefied." 
Elsewhere he states that " Mr. W — stn — y " is said to be a natviral 
son of the late " Duke of L — ds." 

Bryan Edwards in 1806 says : "As Mr. Long has remarked, 
there is not one tolerable inn throughout all the West Indies." He 
then goes on to contrast the general plenty and magnificence of 
the Jamaica planter's table and the meanness of their houses and 
apartments : " it being no imcommon thing to find, at the country 
habitations of the planters, a splendid sideboard loaded with plate 
and the choicest wines, a table covered with the finest damask, and 
a dinner of perhaps sixteen or twenty covers ; and all this in a 
hovel not superior to an English barn." 

Monk Lewis, writing on his visits to the Island in 1816 and 1818, 
in his " Journal of a West India Proprietor," alluded to a " solitary 
tavern called Blackheath " near Claremont, and to a lodging- 
house in St. Ann's Bay where he found " an excellent breakfast at 
an inn quite in the English fashion ; " to the " Wellington Hotel " 
at Rio Bueno in Trelawny ; to " Judy James's " in Montego.Bay, 
in St. James ; to " Miss Hetley's " inn at Yallahs in St.-Thomas- 
in-the-East; to a " solitary tavern " at Bluefields in Westmoreland, 
where he met " the handsomest oreole that I have ever seen," Anto- 
nietta by name, of Spanish-African parentage; and to "West 
Tavern," which must have been somewhere near Ewarton, as it 
was nineteen miles from Spanish Town on the north road. He 
also alludes to " The Guttm-s " in St. Elizabeth, where they found 
" everything that travellers could wish." 

Lewis says : " All the inns upon this road [the^ western halfj^of 
the north side] are excellent, with the solitary exception of the 


Blackhealh Tavern, which I stopped at by mistake instead of that 
at Montague [an obvious misprint for Moneague]." While else- 
where he says : " Inns would be bowers of Paradise if they were 
all rented by mulatto ladies like Judy James." 

A strangely long time was allowed to elapse after the settling 
of the Various islands in the West Indies before printing presses 
were established. Perhaps some of the governors thought like 
Berkeley of Virginia, who, in his report to the Lords of Trade in 
1671, wrote : " But I thank God, there are no free schools, nor 
printing, and I hope we shall not have, these hundred years ; for 
learning has brought disobedience, and heresy and sects into the 
world, and 'printing has divulged them, and libels against the best 
of government. God keep us from both." 

The earliest printing press in America was set up in Mexico before 
the middle of the sixteenth century. 

The first printing press in English Colonies was set up in Massa- 
chusetts in 1638. In Jamaica it was established in 1721, sixty-six 
years after the acquisition of the colony by the British. The first 
almanac printed in the colonies was produced at Cambridge in 1639. 
Unfortunately no copy is known to exist : the earliest existing 
being one issued at Cambridge in 1646 in private possession. Print- 
ing was practised at Havanna, in Cuba, as early as 1729, and in 
Martinique as early as 1727 ; a Royal printing house was established 
in St. Domingo in 1750. The " Barbados Gazette," published 
weekly, has been called the earliest British West Indian newspaper. 
Its first issue appeared on May 18, 1731, but Isaiah Thomas, in his 
" History of Printing," says that the " Weekly Jamaica Courant " 
was published at Kingston as early as 1722. 

The first Jamaica wall almanac and the earliest piece of Jamaica 
printing known to be extant dates from 1734, a copy of which is 
in the Library of the Institute of Jamaica. The earliest Jamaica- 
printed book known is the " Merchant's Pocket Companion," printed 
in Kingston — be it observed, not in Spanish Town, the then capital 
of the island — ^in 1751. The next oldest Jamaica-printed book 
known is a volume of Love Elegies by Peter Pindar of the year 1773. 
A copy of each is in the Institute Library. The best known of the 
early Jamaica newspapers was the " St. Jago de la Vega Gazette." 
There may be early volumes of the " St. Jago de la Vega Gazette " 
(founded in 1756) in existence, but the earliest in the Institute 
Library bears date 1791, and the earliest of the "Royal Gazette " 
(founded in 1779) there bears date 1780. The earliest example of a 
Jamaica newspaper in the Library is an issue of "The St. Jago 
Intelligencer" of Kingston of the year 1757, possibly the earliest 
copy of a Jamaica newspaper extant. 

In HickeringUrs "Jamaica View'd," published in the year 1661, 
appears what is probably the oldest English map of the island. 
With the exception of Guanaboa, The Seven Plantations, The 


Angels, and St. Jago de la Vega, only towns on the sea-board are 
mentioned in it, and there is no attempt to divide the island into 

In a census taken in 1662 the Island was divided into ten districts, 
as follows : the Precincts of Port Moranto ; Morant ; Yealoth ; 
and Legene ; the town of Saint Angelo Delvega [St. Jago de la 
Vega] ; Between Black River, Bower Savanna and thereabouts ; In 
the Angles Quarter ; In the Seven Plantations, Macaria, Quathebeca ; 
In the Quarters Quanaboa and Quardelena ; and Point Gangway. 

Sir Thomas Modyford, in his " View of the Condition of Jamaica, 
the 1st of October, 1664," reprinted in the appendix to the first 
volume of the " Journals of the House of Assembly " ([Spanish 
Town] 1811 ), says " there is in the said island but seven established 
parishes : videlicet, the town and parish of St. Katharine's, St. 
John's, the town and parish of Port Royal, Clarendon, St. David's, 
St. Andrew's, and St. Thomas, which are very large, and in them 
all but one church, that at St. Katherine's." 

The parish of St. David was part of the precinct of St. Thomas- 
in-the-East, and St. George was part of the precinct of St. Mary. 

As a result of the survey ordered by Sir 'Thomas Modyford, and 
made by " Serjeant-Major John Man, Surveyor-General for His 
Majesty," who calculated that the island comprised seven millions 
of acres, a map was prepared by Man and copied by " Mr. Innians, 
the surveyor," and published in Blome's "Description of the 
Island of Jamaica" in 1671. There are included on this map, In 
addition to two unnamed precincts occupying approximately the 
positions of the present Hanover and Manchester, the precincts 
of St. Catherine, St. Andrew, Port Royal, St. David, St. Thomas, 
St. George, St. Mary, St. John, St. Aim, St. James, St. Elizabeth 
and Clarendon. 

In the year 1673, Vere was formed by cutting off a portion of 
Clarendon, but it still remained part of the precinct of Clarendon ; 
and in 1675 when an Act was passed for dividing His Majesty's 
Island of Jamaica into several parishes and precincts, St. Thomas- 
in-the-Vale was taken from St. Catherine ; and Clarendon lost 
another piece out of which was formed St. i)orothy, which parish 
became part of the precinct of St. Catherine. 

In " Tte State of Jamaica under Sir Thomas Lynch, His Majesty's 
present Captain-General and Chief Govemour, September 20th, 
1683," prefixed to the " Laws of Jamaica " (London 1684), it states 
"since that time (1661) it has been divided into Fifteen Parishes 
and they into eight Provinces or Precincts." 

The first act on record having reference to the parishes of the 
island was read on thellthof May, 1675, by the Council, and sent to 
the Assembly with this amendment, that the Magotty be annexed 
to the sixteen-mile-walk, but continue still to pay all parochial 
duties to St. John's except to the repairing of the highways, until 
a church be built and a parish settled in the parish of St. Thomas- 


in-the-Vale. A law was passed in 1677. The law itself had not 
been preserved, but it is recited in a law passed in 1681 (33 Car. 2), 
" An Act for the maintenance of Ministers and the Poor, and 
erecting and Repairing of churches." ("The Laws of Jamaica," 
London 1684): "and whereas this Island, in the twenty -ninth 
year of His Majesty's reign, by an Act of this Country, was divided 
into fifteen parishes, which were called, distinguished and known, 
by the several names hereafter mentioned, that is to say, St. Thomas, 
St. Davids, Port Royal, St. Andrews, St. Katherines, St. Dorothys, 
St. Thomas in the Valley, Clarendon, Vere, St. Johns, St. Georges, 
St. Maries, St. Anns, St. James, and St. Elizabeths ; Be it therefore 
enacted and ordained by the Authority aforesaid. That all and 
every of the said Parishes, rest, remain, and for ever hereafter be 
distinguished and known by the aforesaid respective Names, and 
by no other whatsoever, anything in this or any other Law to the 
contrary notwithstanding." 

In 1692, on the destruction of the greater part of Port Royal 
by earthquake, most of the inhabitants that survived settled in 
hastily erected buildings in St. Andrew, on the harbour, and in 
the following year the parish of Kingston was formed. 

In 1703 Westmoreland was formed out of a portion of St. Eliza- 
beth. In 1723 Portland was formed, the land being taken partly 
from St. Thomas-in-the-East, and partly from St. George (by 
10 Geo. 1 ) ; and Hanover was formed out of part of Westmoreland. 
In 1739 (12 Geo. 2, ch. 6) parts of the Carpenters Mountains, 
heretofore esteemed part of St. Elizabeth and Clarendon, were 
transferred to Vere. 

In 1758 the three counties of Surrey, Middlesex and Cornwall 
were created (by 31 Geo. 2, ch. 15) with a view to the more con- 
venient holding of courts of justice. The middle county was 
appropriately called Middlesex ; the western-most was named 
after the most western county in England, Cornwall ; and the 
eastern division was called Surrey, probably because, like Surrey 
in England, its principal town was Kingston. 

Kingston was declared the county town of Surrey ; St. Jago de 
la Vega, that of Middlesex ; and Savanna-la-Mar, that of Cornwall. 
In the first-named were the seven parishes of Port Royal, Kingston, 
St. Andrew, St. David, Portland, St. George and St. Thomas-in- 
the-East ; Middlesex comprised St. Catherine, St. John, St. Thomas- 
in-the-Vale, St. Dorothy, Clarendon, Vere, St. Ann, and St. Mary ; 
while Cornwall had but four parishes, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, 
Hanover and St. James. The next change was in 1770, when 
Trelawny was formed out of a portion of St. James. In 1814 
Manchester was created by taking parts from Clarendon, Vere and 
St. Elizabeth, thus transferring a portion of Cornwall to Middlesex. 

In many old maps of the island, notably James Robertson's 
(published in 1804) the names of the owners are given rather than 
the names of properties, and in many instances these proper names 


exist to this day ; and to-day the negro peasantry are often able to 
tell one the name of the owner when they are ignorant of the name 
of the estate or house. 

In 1809 a law was passed (50 Geo. 3) for fixing the boundaries 
of the several counties and parishes of this island, by which the 
extent and boundaries of the counties and parishes as laid down 
and delmeated in the three maps of the counties and the general 
map of the island, made and published by Robertson, were taken 
as the bounds of the counties and parishes, and printed copies of 
the maps were recognized as evidence in all courts of justice in the 

In 1831 McGeachy and Smith, surveyors, proposed to publish 
by subscription maps of the three counties at £20 apiece. They 
received the names of eighty-six subscribers, but the maps were 
never published, as we learn by " St. Jago de la Vega Gazette " for 
February 12, 1831. 

In 1841 the last parish to be created in the history of Jamaica, 
Metcalfe, was formed out of the parishes of St. Mary and St. George, 
whereby Middlesex again gained land, this time at the expense of 
Surrey. The parishes then numbered twenty-two. In 1844 an Act 
(8 Vic. c. 39) was passed defining the boundaries of Kingston Harbour. 

In 1867, as part of the reformation scheme of Sir John Peter 
Grant, was passed the law for the reduction of the number of 
parishes. In Surrey, Kingston, was increased by taking part of 
St. Andrew, a part of the parish and the whole town of Port Royal. 
St. Andrew took the remaining part of Port Royal parish ; and 
St. David was merged into St. Thomas-in-the-East, and St. George 
into Portland, which also took the Manchioneal district of St. 

In Middlesex the recently created parish of Metcalfe was merged 
into the parish of St. Mary. St. Thomas-in-the-Vale, St. John, 
and St. Dorothy were all merged into St. Catherine, and Vere 
again became part of Clarendon ; St. Ann and Manchester remaining 
as they were. In Cornwall there was no alteration, the five parishes 
remaining as they were. 

In 1900 Port Royal was made a separate parish for municipal 
purposes, remaining still part of the electoral district of Kingston. 

Of names given owing to natural features, there are numbers in 
Jamaica — the Blue Mountains ; the Red Hills ; the Great, White, 
Swift, Dry, and Milk Rivers ; Green Island ; Dry Harbour ; Dry 
Mountains ; the Round Hill (in Vere), and so on. 

The Y. S. River (pronounced Wyers) is. Long tells us, so called 
from the Gallic word Y. S., which signifies crooked or winding. 
Another authority says the name of the property was Wyess, 
and its commercial mark for shipping purposes was Y. S. 

Labour-in-vain Savannah in St. Elizabeth is a name perfectly 
descriptive of its nature. So, too, is Burnt Savannah. 


The struggle for and the success of emancipation have left their 
names on many a free negro settlement ; some of which, it is to 
be feared, have not realized their early promise: Clarkson Villa, 
Sturge Town, Wilberforce, Buxton, Liberty Hill and others. 

Some names are typical of the simple faith and language of the 
negro, such as Wait-a-bit and Come-see. Me-no-sen-you-no-come, 
in Trelawny, must have been named by folk of recluse habits. 
Others are not euphonious — Fat Hog Quarter, Running Gut (which 
Lawrence Archer, in his " Monumental Inscriptions of the British 
West Indies," thinks may probably be a corruption by some sea- 
faring man of Harangvita, a branch of the Ganges), Starve Gut 
Bay ; and one rather wonders whether they are not vulgar 
corruptions of different designations. We find, however, similar 
names in the other islands : Dos d'Ane in Dominica, and Mai 
d'Estomac in Trinidad. On the other hand Kick-em-Jenny, the 
rock between St. Vincent and Grenada, is said to have been originally 
called Oay qu'on gSne — the islet that bothers one, from the roughness 
of the neighbouring sea. 

Many names of townships and properties have been translated 
from the old country — Oxford, Ipswich, Cambridge, Newmarket 
and the like — and the number of Bellevues, Belvideres, Contents, 
speak little for the inventive faculties of those who named them. 

Of its trade with the outside world Jamaica has evidences in 
Jamaica Bay, in Acklin's Island, Bahamas ; in Jamaica (as old 
at least as 1699), Long Island ; in Jamaica Plain near Boston ; 
in Jamaica Street in Glasgow ; in Jamaica Street in Greenock ; 
and formerly in the Jamaica coffee house in London. 

The Jamaica coffee house was in St. Michael's Alley, Cornhill, 
which runs out of Cornhill to the west of St. Michael's church. 
This alley is famous as having contained the first coffee house 
established in London. The Jamaica coffee house is kept in 
memory there by the Jamaica wine house which adjoins the office 
of a wine merchant (E. J. Rose & Co.) and by Jamaica buildings. 
Like all city alleys, the place has been entirely rebuilt. 

Jamaica Street, one of the busiest streets in Glasgow, leading to 
Jamaica Bridge over the Clyde, was named in 1763, and its name 
was doubtless suggested by the business connexion. There are 
other evidences in Glasgow of West Indian trade in St. Vincent 
Street, Tobago Street, and the " Havannah " (Street) ; but the 
name of Kingston Dock has no connection with Kingston, Jamaica. 

There is a Jamaica Road in Bermondsey and a Jamaica Street 
in Shad well. 



The chief interest of Port Royal lies rather in. the silent 
witness which thrpugh two and a half centuries she has 
borne to the naval activities of the island of Jamaica, 
and in a measure to those of the British fleets which have 
from time to time visited these waters, than in any part 
which she has played in the internal domestic develop- 
ment of the colony, although she has now and again sent 
to the Assembly such notable members as WiUiam Beeston, 
Samuel Long, Marmaduke Freeman, Peter Beckford, 
Matthew Concanen, Roger Hope Elletson and Samuel 
Jackson Dallas. The three last, however, were connected, 
not with " the Point," but with that portion of the old 
parish of Port Royal which now forms part of St. Andrew 
and is known to-day as the Port Royal Mountains. 

In these days of pageants, Port Royal would fittingly 
make either background or proscenium to many a stirring 
episode illustrative of the island's history. 

Though Jamaica since its occupation by the EngUsh has 
escaped the capture and recapture which was the fate of 
many of the smaller West Indian islands which are now 
British, and its forts have never had to face besieging 
ships, the vessels sent out from its harbour from that date 
till the early years of the last centiu'y played no insignificant 
part in the sum total of Britannia's naval history ; and 
Port Royal was a toll-gate on Britain's path of Admiralty 
at which many heavy tolls were paid. 

From the Swiftsure, Admiral Penn's flagship in the ex- 
pedition which gained the island for England, to the Suffolk 
and Sydney, many of the finest ships in the British Navy 



have sailed or steamed past Port Royal's shores ; and the 
flags of not a few of England's most celebrated seamen have 
waved near its walls — Myngs, Morgan (who was buried 
there), Nevell, Benbow (who died there), Vernon, Hosier, 
Ogle, Keppel, Rodney, Peter Parker, Nelson, Joshua 
Rowley, McClintock, and lastly Admiral Lloyd. 

Columbus, who was intimately acquainted with the 
north side of Jamaica, probably only saw Port Royal from 
the Nina's deck as he, after discovering the island on his 
second voyage, in 1494, beat slowly homeward along the 
south side, after having exchanged courtesies with the 
caciques in Old Harbour bay, putting in here and there for 
shelter from the contrary wind. 

During the Spanish occupation the Point remained un- 
occupied and the harbour of Kingston was disregarded till 
1520, when the Spaniards removed their northside capital 
to St. Jago de la Vega. 

In January 1596-97, the inhabitants of Port Royal, had 
there been any, would have seen that adventurous soldier 
of fortune, Sir Anthony Shirley, sail up the harbour, 
whence he plundered the island and burnt St. Jago ; 
in March 1643, the buccaneering hero Captain William 
Jackson, with his marauding company of three ships sent 
out from England by the Earl of Warwick, recruited at 
Barbados and St. Kitts, again insulted the powerless or 
supine Spaniards, passing Port Royal, which was then an 
island ; and in May 1655, the inhabitants fell an easy prey 
to a ragamuffin army of 8000 troops contained in thirty- 
eight ships under Penn and Venables, who tried to atone 
thereby for their ineffectual attempt on Hispaniola. 
This was probably the largest fleet which up to that moment 
had entered Kingston harbour. 

The English conquerors soon saw the strategic advan- 
tage of Cagua (which they corrupted into Cagway), or 
the Point, as they called it, as a protection to the harbour 
and the capital at St. Jago de la Vega. 

The earhest act of this motley crew, when they tired of 
killing the cattle which the Spaniards had been at great 
pains to breed on the sea-washed savannahs op the spiith 


side, was to erect a fort at Cagway under Sedgwick in 
March 1656. At the Restoration it not unnaturally 
received the name of Fort Charles, and the collection of 
houses that grew up around it was called Port Royal, 
at the dictates of loyalty or sycophancy, according to the 
political creed of the members of the new colony. But the 
governor and councU had often great difficulty in per- 
suading the Assembly to vote the funds necessary for its 
upkeep and improvement. A writer during Sir Charles 
Lyttelton's governorship, 1662-1664, says it was called 
Port Royal from the excellency of the harbour ; but it 
was apparently not till February 1674 that that became 
its official name, when the Assembly voted " Point 
Conway (an obvious misprint for Cagway) to be called 
Port Royal." In addition to Fort Charles there were 
three other principal forts called James, CarUsle and 

For a time Port Royal was the residence of the Lieutenant- 
Governor, while the Governor's official residence was at 
Spanish Town. In November 1661, it was ordered " that 
no person remain on Point Cagua without giving security 
to a Justice of the Peace not to be chargeable to the in- 
habitants for more than one month. Any waterman 
bringing a person hkely to be chargeable to pay a piece of 
eight and carry him back again." In 1664 the Assembly 
desired and advised the Council that the Court of Common 
Pleas should be held constantly "in St. Jago de la Vego 
and no more at Port Royal," and the Council agreed. In 
March 1674-5 Peter Beckford wrote home : 

Lord Vaughan arrived on the 13th inst. at night and landed at 
Port Royal ; next day his commission was read, and he was 
entertained as well as the island could afford ; 15th, he remained 
on Port Royal, viewing the fortifications ; came next day to 
St. Jago, being received at the seaside [at Passage Fort, probably] 
by 150 horse and a company of foot, besides the gentlemen of 
the country and seven coaches, all which attended him to the 
town, where he was received with two companies of foot, and dined 
with Sir Thos. Modyford. 

By 1675, residence by the Governor at Port Royal had 
gone out of favour. In that year was passed a resolution 


to the effect that — the " Captain-General's salary to be 
£2000 per annum, residing usually at St. Jago, his residence 
at Port Royal to be omitted." 

In 1680, the custos of Port Royal was Sir Henry Morgan, 
J.p. The judges of court of common pleas were WiUiam 
Beeston, Reginald Wilson and Anthony Swimmer. The 
justices of the peace were, besides the judges, John 
White, Theodore Gary, Prichard Heme and Harbottle 

Sir Thomas Lynch wrote, in 1682, to the Bishop of 
London, of Beeston : " You may be disposed to credit him 
as Dr. Beeston's brother, and a very ingenious man, to 
whose skill and zeal we owe the building of our church at 
Port Royal, the handsomest in America. . . ." This 
church, called Christchurch, perished in the earthquake. 
The present building, erected in 1725-26, contains monu- 
ments to many of those who succumbed to yellow fever. 
Its most notable monument is that to Lieutenant Stapleton 
(d. 1754) by Roubihac. Of the rest the most interesting 
is that to Captain de Crespigny (d. 1825), who had served 
under St. Vincent, Nelson and Colhngwood, and during 
his career saved no less than sixteen Uves. The carved 
organ loft was erected in 1743. 

In the Council minutes for June 1685, occurs the valuation 
of two parcels of land taken for the pubUc use. One " con- 
tiguous to the breast work " (probably identical with the 
" Redoute " in Lilly's plan) was valued at £125. 

As early as 1661 there were in Port Charles " some as 
good cannon planted as the Tower of London would afford," 
but it was not ever thus. The fort was " not shook down, 
but much shattered " by the earthquake of 1692. Seven 
or eight years later it was reconstructed by Colonel 
Christian Lilly, an engineer officer of considerable ability, 
who had laid out the town of Kingston in 1694, and who, 
in 1734, was captain of the fort. He was probably the 
author of " An Account of Commodore Wilmot's Expe- 
dition to Hispaniola " of the year 1696, in which occurs 
a very caustic description of the " small fort " at Port 
Royal, which he regarded as 


Of little significance in case of an attack. It is something like 
a square redoubt of forty or fifty paces to a side with two small 
bastions towards the town, but nothing towards the sea but a 
small semi-circular advance in the middle of that side, capable of 
containing three or four pieces of cannon. The walls are built 
after the ancient way of fortifications and are not carmon-proof. 
The embrasures are arched over, and so large as to be more like 
gates for the enemy to enter at than port-holes. There is not so 
much as a trench or palisade round it, and I believe not six pieces 
of cannon that can bear at one time upon a ship when opposite to 
it. Outside this fort, when I was there, there was a long line of 
cannon ; but so extremely exposed to the enemy's fire that it 
would be hard matter for any one to use them in case of an attack, 
and they are of no use at all in case an enemy gets into the harbour, 
for they can then be taken in reverse. This is the chief artificial 
fortification of Port Royal, and the natural fortification is not 
much except that it is now an island, for the town is all open to 
the harbour and partly to the sea. In my opinion, therefore, 
there would be no difficulty for a small fleet to master it, and less 
risk than in encountering two stout men-of-war, ivere it not for 
our own ships in the harbour, as I can explain if required. 
This place, being the bulwark and gate to the conquest of the 
island, should be better secured. The side of the fort towards 
the sea, already falling down, should be rebuilt in some figure 
better suited for its defence, and the whole should be surrounded 
by a good deep ditch and a row or two of strong palisades. The 
embrasures should be lessened to two feet at most to protect the 
gunners at their guns. The battery on the east side should be 
made defencible and cannon-proof. The plot of land to north- 
west of the fort should be taken into a horn-work and fitted for 
several guns, to defend it against attack in reverse. To eastward 
of the town a work should be thrown up to cover it against the 
isthmus, and to guard against surprise by boats on that side. 
These fortifications could also be built of eartb and wood ; which 
would save much expense and would suffice if they lasted to the 
end of the war. 

This account tallies with a description of Port Royal, 
dated October 25, 1699, signed by Lilly himself. 

Sir WilHam Beeston, writing to the Council of Trade and 
Plantations in February 1700, said — with all the self- 
sufficiency of one in authority : 

The storehouses are finished and of great use, and so is Fort 
Charles with all the advantage the ground will alford. Captain 
Lilly would have had it built in another figure, but that was more 
to show his desire it might be done by his directions than of any 



use, for, as he proposed, there would have been much less room, 
and the spurs were not capacious enough to contain any guns. 
I had the approbation of all people in the figure I proposed, and 
it's not only very useful but very beautiful also. The next public 
work we go about is to lay a line of thirty or forty guns in good 
stone work to the eastward of Port Charles, which guns will be 
right up the channel where all ships come in, and make the place 
not easy to be attempted by sea. 

From the earliest times the members of the House of 
Assembly, ever ready to insist on their rights, were admitted 
to view the forts and fortifications, and a joint committee 
of the Assembly and Council used to report annually on 
Fort Charles. After pointing out various defects for thirty 
or forty years, the committee in 1736 got angry, and 
complained " that the present state and condition of the 
fortifications in Port Hoyal, which is very defenceless, 
require the immediate consideration of the Legislatmre, 
as they are the strength and security of the island." and 
that " httle or no notice had been taken to remedy the 
grievances complained of." 

Towards the close of the eighteenth century there were 
thirty forts and batteries in the island. At present there 
are but three worthy of the name — ^Fort Nugent at Harbour 
Head, Fort Clarence, opposite Port Royal, and Rocky Point, 
on the Pahsadoes. 

As the island became more settled under the British 
colonists, vessels which had at first been equipped for 
home defence began to assume the position of private 
men-of-war, or privateers, and to bring into Port Royal, 
sometimes with the warrant of the governor, sometimes 
without, spoils from the Spaniards. When it suited the 
home programme the local Governor was praised for zeal 
in Imperial service. When the complaints of the Spanish 
court became too insistent, he was made a scapegoat and 
recalled. But the habit of plundering the hated Spaniard 
had got into the blood of men who were ill-fitted to 
lead a sedentary life, and the steps from authorized priva- 
teersmen, first to imauthorized buccaneer, and then to 
pirate and murderer, were easy. And no close scrutiny 
was placed upon the origin of the wealth poured into Port 


Royal, which its owners squandered in drinking and 
gaming as quickly as they had gained it. Port Royal was 
then the centre of much debauchery. 

Modyford, the governor, wrote home, " The Spaniards 
wondered much at the sickness of our people, until they 
knew of the strength of their drinks, but then they wondered 
more that they were not all dead." The buccaneers, 
another writer tells us, " have been known to spend 2000 
or 3000 pieces of eight in one night." 

The memory of the wild deeds done by those who 
put ofE from. Port Royal's shore is kept aUve in the 
name of Gallows Point, where many notorious pirates 
were, when condemned, hung up, and where the last of 
those executions, of which one is graphically described by 
Michael Scott in " Tom Cringle's Log," took place in 1831. 
Rackham, another pirate, was executed on the cay which 
still bears his name. 

The following interesting account of Port Royal is given, 
in Francis Hanson's account of Jamaica, written in 1682, 
appended to the first printed edition of the "Laws of 
Jamaica " : 

The Town of Port Royal, being as it were the Store House or 
Treasury of the West Indies, is always like a continual Mart or 
Fair, where all sorts of choice Merchandizes are daily imported, 
not only to furnish the Island, but vast quantities are thence 
again transported to supply the Spaniards, Indians, and other 
Nations, who in exchange return us bars and cakes of Gold, wedges 
and pigs of Silver, Pistoles, Pieces of Eight and several other 
Coyns of both Mettles, with store of wrought Plate, Jewels, rich 
Pearl Necklaces, and of Pearl unsorted or undrill'd several Bushels ; 
besides which, we are furnished with the purest and most fine sorts 
of Dust Gold from Guiney, by the Negroe Ships, who first come to 
Jamaica to deliver their Blacks, and there usually refit and stay 
to reload three or four Months ; in which time (though the Com- 
panies Gold may be partly sent home) yet the Merchants, Masters 
of Ships, and almost every Mariner (having private Cargoes) take 
occasion to sell or exchange great quantities ; some of which 
our Goldsmiths there work up, who being yet but few grow very 
wealthy, for almost every House hath a rich Cupboard of Plate, 
which they carelessly expose, scarce shutting their doors in the 
night, being in no apprehension of Thieves for want of receivers 
as aforesaid. And whereas most other Plantations ever did and 
now do keep their accounts in Sugar, or the proper Commoditi.s 


of the place, for want of Money, it is otherwise in Jamaica, for in 
Port-Eoyal there is more plenty of running Cash (proportionably 
to the number of its inhabitants) than is in London. . . . 

One of the earliest to bring lustre to the crown of Port 
Royal was Admiral Myngs, by his capture in 1662 of St. 
Jago de Cuba, and other naval exploits. 

Then came Sir Henry Morgan, the conqueror of Panama, 
whose deeds of undoubted valour were smirched by cowardly 
conduct towards priests and defenceless women. In later 
life he turned respectable, even to the extent of persecuting 
his former comrades, when he acted as lieutenant-governor. 
But the old spirit died hard, and we are not surprised when 
we read that the governor. Lord Vaughan, complained 
that Morgan made himself " so cheap at the port drinking and 
gaming at the taverns " that he intended to remove thither 
himself, from Spanish Town, for the credit of the island. 
In justice to Morgan's memory it may be said that some 
historians hold that Oexmehn's account of the buccaneers 
is a Ubel on Morgan, and that he was not nearly so black 
as he has been painted : and when we find his methods of 
warfare, and worse, adopted by a nation that has hitherto 
claimed to be in the forefront of civilization we are tempted 
to forgive Morgan much. As admiral of the Jamaica fleet, 
Morgan at the time commanded twenty-eight Enghsh- 
built ships and eight taken from the French — ^thirtyTsix 
in all, with a tonnage of 1585, the size of a small passenger 
steamer of to-day. 

The Council was sitting at Port Royal on June 7, 1692, 
when by the ever memorable earthquake of that day many 
important colonists lost their Uves. Houses, said to have 
been as good as many in the city of London, were destroyed; 
and the part of the town bordering on the sea entirely dis- 
appeared, owing to insecure foundations. A century 
later remains of these houses were still visible. Lewis 
Galdy, a French immigrant, was swallowed and cast up 
again, and lived many years. He will be referred to in 
the chapter on St. Catherine. The mace brought out by 
Lord Windsor in 1662 (erroneously supposed to have been 
the bauble which Cromwell ordered out of the House of 


Commons), was damaged at the time of the earthquake, 
and repaired after it ; but it has since disappeared. The 
two maces in the Institute of Jamaica are of later date. 

The principal authorities usually quoted on the earth- 
quake of 1692 are Sir Hans Sloane's account in the " Philo- 
sophical Transactions " ; the description given by Long, 
in his History of Jamaica ; and a letter by the rector of 
the parish which appeared in the " Gentleman's Magazine " 
for 1750, and was reprinted by Bridges — all of which 
information was epitomized by Gardner in his history. 

In addition to these is available a broadside in the 
British Museum, a copy of which is in the Institute of 
Jamaica. The key and letter which form part of the 
broadside appeared in the " Journal of the Institute of 
Jamaica," in 1892. 

The following accounts of the earthquake have also been 
printed in the " Journal of the Institute of Jamaica " : 

(1) Sir Hans Sloane's account consisting of (a) "An accoiint 
. . . which I wrote myself being present in it." (6) "Extract 
from a letter from one in Jamaica who was in the terrible earth- 
quake." (c) "Extract of a letter . . . giving an account of the 
sickness that followed the earthquake." (d) " Part of a letter 
. giving a further account from another hand." (e) " Part of 
another from the same hand." (/) "Part of a letter from a 
gentleman in Jamaica . . . not being present in the earthquake 
. . . very curious." (2) Notes by Mr. Maxwell Hall on an article 
by Colonel A. B. Ellis in " Popular Science Monthly " for 1892. 
(3) " A full account of the late dreadful earthquake at Port Royal 
in Jamaica written in two letters from the minister of the place 
[Dr. Heath]," which is copied incompletely and incorrectly by 
Bridges. (4) An accomit by Mrs. Akers of Nevis, printed in a 
" Natural History of Nevis . . by the Rev. Mr. Smith . . . 
1745." (5) "The Truest and Largest account of the earthquake 
in Jamaica . . . written by a Reverend Divine there to his friend 
in London . . . 1693," a copy of which is in the West India Library 
in the Institute. The letter is dated " Withy Wood in the parish 
of Vere," and it is possible that the "Reverend Divine" was 
Thomas Hardwicke, who was appointed Rector of Vere by the 
Earl of Carlisle. (6) "A letter to a friend from Jamaica, Spanish 
Town, the 29th of June, 1692," by John Pike, printed in a pamphlet, 
a copy of which is in the British Museum. 

There were also two letters dated from Port Royal 
on June 20 and June 28, 1692, given in " Earthquakes 


explained and Practically Improved. . . by Thomas Doo- 
little, M.A., Jamaica's Miseries show London Mercies. . . 
London, 1693." 

In addition to all these there is a letter sent home by the 
Council to the Lords of Plantations, which is given in an 
abbreviated form in the " Calendar of State Papers (Colonial 
Series)— America and West Indies— 1689-1692." The 
following is copied in extenso from the manuscript Council 
minutes in the Colonial Secretary's office, Jamaica, a 
manuscript copy of which is in the Library of the Institute ; 

A letter from the President and Council of Jamaica to Lords 
of Trade and Plantations of the date June 20 from on board the 
Richard and Sarah, Jamaica. May it please Your Lordships on 
the seventh instant it pleased God to afflict this whole island with 
an earthquake, the dreadfullness whereof will sensibly enough 
appear in acquainting Your Lordships that in the space of two 
minutes [the " Calendar of State Papers " has ten] all the churches, 
the dwelling houses and sugar works of the whole island were 
thrown down : two-thirds of Port Royal swallowed up by sea, 
air its forts and fortifications demolished and a great part of its 
inhabitants miserably either knockt o'th head or drowned. As 
we are become by this an instance of God Almighty's severe 
judgment, so we hope we shall be of Your Lordships compassion. 
We have in the midst of this confusion applied ourselves with all 
vigour to the restoring of things. We have taken into Their 
Majesties' service the Richard and Sarah, a merchantship, where 
though to a great loss in the neglect of our own private affairs, 
we sit de die in diem in Council ; protecting the merchants in their 
fishing on the ruins of their own houses ; preventing robbery and 
stealing amongst the ruins ; deciding controversies and punishing 
quarrels too frequently arising from the uncertain right of things. 
fii sinking floating carcasses, taking care of the sick and wounded ; 
lastly, in feeding and sustaining the necessitous which must now 
be done out of the Country stock, all kinde of stores being lost 
in the ruin of Port Royall. We have sett the masters of ships to 
the soimding a channell leading further up into this harbour, 
where we are like to have a scituation equal to Port Royall in 
everything and exceeding it in its being capable of relieving the 
country or being on any invasion relieved by it. This may it 
please Your Lordships we doe in all humble confidence hoping 
Your Lordships will consider us as we are all open and exposed 
to the attempts of enemyes by sea as well as by land. At land 
at this instant we are contending against a party of French who 
have been for some time ravageing the north side of the island, 
and though we have sent a proportionable force against them 


both by sea and land, yet by reason of the violent rains and earth- 
quakes at land and blowing weather at sea it has not pleased God 
as yet to make us able to give much aooount of them as we still 
hope to doe. Among other accidents of the earthquake, their 
Majesties ship the Swan, which was lying at the wharves for 
careening, was suckt among the houses of Port Royall, has lost her 
guns, rigging, cables, and anchors, and her keel damaged, and is on 
survey cast, and we must inform Your Lordships that could 
repeated persuasions or even threats have prevailed on Captain 
Nevill to any degree of diligence, the Swan had either been out of 
harbour or rid out of danger. Many of the guns of the fortifications 
are two fathoms under water, and are in danger of being lost. The 
small arms of the country are generally broke by the fall of the 
houses, which gives us apprehensions from the slaves. This being 
the true state of our condition we must humbly beseech Your 
Lordships effectually to intercede with their most gracious Majesties 
that we may have a proportionable reliefe in time, and in all 
humility we think till we shall be able to fortify it caimot be less 
than three fifth Rates with one or two good fourth Rates for a 
battery, together with four or five hundred land soldiers and all 
sorts of arms and ammunition (great shot excepted), and that 
Your Lordships would procure us such a Governor whose generous 
care and charity may be equall to the needs of this distressed place, 
and we humbly take leave to inform Your Lordships that a toUerable 
choice may be made from amongst ourselves till, by the blessing 
of God and the just and equal administration of the Government, 
it may again grow to be fitt reward for greater persons. We humbly 
beg that this advice sloop may be speedily returned and the master 
and men protected. All which is humbly submitted. We are, 
may it please your honours. Your Lordships most humble servants, 
John White, P.C., John Bourden, Peter Heywood, Samuell Bernard, 
John Towers, Nicholas Laws, Francis Blackmorc, Charles Knight, 
Thomas Sutton. 

Postcript — Since the foregoing their Majesties' ship Guernsey 
with the sloop which we sent out against the French that had 
landed on the north side of this island are come into port and 
have had good success, having burnt the enemy's ship and taken 
and destroyed all the men both by land and sea, except eighteen 
which escaped in a sloop. 

Li all humility we are your Lordships most humble and 
obedient servants. 

Jamaica. From on board the' Richard and Sarah, June the 

The old bell in the Institute of Jamaica, is said to have 
been sunk originally by the great earthquake, and to have 
been recovered during some dredging operations off Port 


Royal. Tradition said that it was given to the old Spanish 
church at Port Royal, by a convent in Spain, but this is 
obviously incorrect as the Spaniards had no church, or in 
fact, any building at the Point. It is, of course, possible 
that the early Enghsh settlers took it from the ruins of 
some Spanish Town church, for use in the church they 
built at the Point, or it may have been taken to Port Royal 
at a later date. In any case it is curious that the only 
Spanish bell known in Jamaica should have been dis- 
covered at Port Royal 
and not at Spanish 
Town or at St. Ann's 
Bay, where the first 
Spanish settlement 

Either in the ordinary 
course of events by the 
continual beating of the 
clapper, or through a 
flaw in the metal, or 
through its fall at the 
time of the earthquake 
or at some other time, 
the bell was cracked ; 
but after its recovery 
the crack was stayed 
by a drill hole, and the 
bell is said to have been 
hung in the new church 
which had been built at Port Royal in 1725. 

In 1855, as the crack had extended in two directions and 
rendered the bell useless, the " whitewash and plaster " 
churchwardens of the day sold it for old metal. During 
the administration of Sir John Peter Grant it was pointed 
out to the Government that it was lying in an old curiosity 
shop in Kingston, in imminent danger of being meltfed 
down ; and it was purchased by the Government and 
deposited at the Ordnance Wharf, whence it found its way 
to the Institute of Jamaica. It is 2 feet If inch in height 



and 6 feet 7 inches in circumference at the base. Round 
the edge runs the following inscription : 

Ihesv Maria et Verbum Garo Factum Est et Ahita. 

In the Vulgate, the 14th verse of the 1st chapter of 
St. John's Epistle commences thus : " Et Verbum caro 
factum est, et habitavit in nobis." 

The bell also bears a cross made of a series of stars, and 
two small designs in reUef placed in duphcate on opposite 
sides, representing the one the Virgin and Child, and the 
other, a saint, probably St. George or St. Michael. 

The bell, in the opinion of an expert to whom a photo- 
graph was sent, is certainly Spanish ; the cross and letter 
are from fifteenth-century moulds, but the small designs 
are later, probably sixteenth century. In casting, old 
moulds were frequently used. The cross is decidedly 

In September 1692, the Council wrote home, " Port 
Royal which was our chief stay and where we could muster 
two thousand effective men is, since the earthquake, 
reduced to about two hundred men." 

The old plan of Port Royal which was reproduced on page 
442 of the " West India Committee Circular " of September 
23, 1913, was formerly in the Dockyard there, having been 
presented to that office by Commodore the Hon. W. J. 
Ward, in August 1880. It was handed over to the Insti- 
tute of Jamaica by the last, commodore after the dockyard 
was given up. It is obviously a copy of an older plan in 
the Colonial Secretary's office. In mistake it is stated on 
it that the original plan was surveyed in June 1857. It 
should have been 1827. 

The wording on the original plan is as follows : "A general 
plan of the town, forts and fortifications, etc., of Port 
Royal, performed by an order from His Grace WiUiam, 
Duke of Manchester, Captain-General and Govemor-in- 
Chief of His Majesty's Island of Jamaica and the territories 
thereon depending in America, Chancellor and Vice-Admiral 
of the same. Surveyed in June 1827 by Philip A. Morris, 
Crown Siu-veyor." 

On the original plan are the following notes : " All 


within the yellow hnes is Crown property." " The blue 
lines represent the town of Port Royal before the great 
earthquake of 1692." " The red line is what remained of the 
town after the earthquake." " The ochre colouring 
represents the town as it now stands." " True copy from 
Morris, original Svu'vey. The blue, red and yellow lines 
added by me." (Signed) Thos. Harrison, Govt. Surveyor, 
20th September, 1870 ; (Signed) J. R. Mann, D. of Rds. 
and Surveyor-General, 24th October, 1870. 

The following interesting experience of a diver during 
his visit to submerged Port Royal, appeared in the "Fal- 
mouth Post," of October 7, 1859. 

Sib, — Being aware that many erroneous statements regarding 
my explorations of old Port Royal have heen circulated, I beg to 
offer the public, through the medium of your valuable journal, 
the following statement, should you deem it worthy a place in your 

I first went down on the remains of the old Port Royal on the 
29th August, and found that what I had heard with regard to some 
of the buildings being seen when the water was clear was correct. 
I landed among the remains of ten or more houses, the walls of 
which were from 3 to 10 feet above the sand. The day was rather 
cloudy and I could only get a view of a small portion at a 

After repairing H.M. Ship Valorous, I went down again on the 
9th instant, at what is called at Port Royal, " The Church Buoy," 
but which ought to be called the " Fort Buoy," it being placed 
on the remains of old Fort James ; but the day was unfavourable, 
the water being muddy — so that T could not see much ; and being 
impressed with the idea that it must have been the remains of 
the church on which I was, my explorations that day were not 
satisfactory. About 12 o'clock (being then down four hours) the 
water cleared a little, and getting a better view I concluded that 
the ruins which I was on must have been those of a fort. But 
soon after I found a large granite stone somewhat the shape and 
size of a tombstone, which was covered with a coral formation, 
so that I could not tell whether it had an inscription or not. 
Fancying this stone to have been a tombstone, thereby indicating 
the vicinity of a churchyard, I was not satisfied what the character 
of the building could have been. I came to the surface about 
1 o'clock determined to wait a more favourable day. In the 
meantime Mr. de Pass was so good as to obtain for me, from the 
collection of Henry Hutohings, Esq., a map of the old town as it 
stood before the earthquake, by which I learnt that the ruins, of 
the nature of which I had all along my doubts, were in fact the 


ruins of old Port James, and that the Church stood about the east 
end of the present dockyard. 

Monday, the 19th instant, being a very clear day, I went down 
about 2 o'clock, and had a very good view of the Fort. At times 
I could see objects 100 feet each away from me. The Port forms 
an obtuse angle to the west, on a line with the north end of the 
hospital — the wall of the angle runs in a N.E. direction, the other 
in a S.S.E. The walls are built of brick, and are as solid as so 
much rook. I have traced and examined several of the embrasures 
and have no doubt but that the guns in them are covered with 
coral ; that known as " brain stone," being large and numerous 
on the fort. After being down about two hours, I found an iron 
gun in one of the embrasures almost covered in the ruins, with a 
heavy copper chain to the breech. After sending up the gun next 
day, I found the end of another chain not fax from where the gun 
lay. On heaving it out of the sand and mud, I found it was 
attached to a granite stone similar to the one I had seen before. 
I have no doubt these stones were part of the embrasures and that 
the copper chains were used for slinging the guns. The gun which 
I found had no trunnions to it, and therefore could not have been 
used on a carriage. 

I am of opinion, from what I have seen of old Port Royal, that 
many of the houses remained perfect after the earthquake, though 
sunk in the water, and that the sand has been thrown up, and the 
mud settled around and in them from time to time, until all the 
largest buildings are covered over, so that the remains of the 
houses which I have seen may have been the top part of the highest 
buildings ; which is apparently the case from the irregularity of 
the heights. 

I intend paying another visit to the ill-fated town, in a week or 
two ; and I will take the first opportunity of informing you, and 
through you the public, of anything new that may come to my 

I remain, Sir, &o., 

(Sgd.) Jeremiah T>. Muephy. 

It would be interesting to know what became of the gun 
referred to. 

Port Royal as a town, never recovered from the effects 
of the earthquake of June 17, 1692. 

Shortly after, the town of Kingston rose on the main- 
land across the harbour, and thither much of the wealth 
of Port Royal went, and the principal commercial and 
shipping street was not unnaturally called Port] Royal 
Street. [■ 

In August 1702, brave old Benbow sailed into Port Royal 


after his fight with Du Casse off Santa Marta, extending 
over five days (a fight which, thanks to his cowardly 
captains, was one of the darkest blots on Britannia's shield) 
only to die here of his wounds two months later. . . . He 
was buried in Kingston parish church. 

In 1703 arrived from Massachusetts one good foot com- 
pany of volunteers, " the first men in armes that ever went 
out of this Province, or from the Shoar of America " : they 
were intended for a further expedition. 

In January 1703-04, a fire destroyed that part of Port 
Royal which the earthquake had spared. The occurrence 
is thus described by Christian Lilly : " Between 11 and 12 
of the clock in the morning a fire hapn'd thro carelessness 
to break out in a warehouse at Port Royall which before 
night consumed all ye Town, and left not one house of it 
standing, by which meanes a great many people, especially 
merchants are ruin'd. For this Town being scituated 
upon a small Cay, now, of about Thirty Acres of Land 
surrounded with the sea, and the whole place taken up 
with houses and the streets and lanes extreamly narrow, 
the poor people had not that conveniency of saving their 
goods as might have been expected in a place where they 
might have been more at large." 

In 1708, Admiral Sir Charles Wager, commander-in-chief 
of Jamaica, met and conquered a Spanish treasure ship, 
and though, owing to the cowardice of two of his captains, 
much of the treasure (said to have been worth from four 
to ten milHons) was lost. Wager became a wealthy man. 
During his command (1707-9), a greater number of prizes 
were taken than at any former period of hke duration. 

On March 23, 1692-93, Beeston, in writing home, had 
said : " But there is little of Port Royal left, being now a 
perfect island of about twenty-five acres and too small to 
hold the trade and people." After the fire a bill was passed 
in the Assembly to prevent the re-settling of the town, 
but this was warmly opposed and in October 1703 another 
bill was passed entitled " an Act for making the Key, 
whereon Fort Charles and Fort William are erected, a port 
of entry " ; and in a letter written from Jamaica in 1712, 


Port Royal is referred to as a " small island about fourteen 
miles from Spanish Town " : In 1716, William Wood, 
in his preface to " The Laws of Jamaica " says, " The 
Town of Port Royal, formerly much larger and very 
populous, is built on a key, which before the great earth- 
quake, joyned to an Isthmus of Land that divides the 
sea and the Harbour of Kingston," and there is addi- 
tional evidence that, at various stages in the history of 
the PaUsadoes, channels were formed by the sea across 
what is, after all, nothing but a string of islands more or 
less closely connected by drifted sand and stone. And 
an engraving, in Long's History, as late as 1774, shows it 
as an island. 

A manuscript chart, in the Institute of Jamaica, entitled 
" A plan of the Harbour of Port Royal in Jamaica, survey'd 
in the year 1724, and carefuUy examin'd in the year 1728, 
by Capt. John Gascoigne," tells of the severe shocks which 
the town and harbour have received within historic times. 
As we see by the map, the hurricane of 1722 once more cut 
it off from the isthmus to which it is now connected, if, 
indeed, the passage existing ten years before had silted up. 

Professor Robert T. Hill, in " The Geology and Physical 
Geography of Jamaica," writes : 

The Kingston formation is the oldest of the formations of old 
gravel and other alluvium occurring upon the plains of the Liguanea 
type. This is the formation upon which the city of Kingston and 
suburbs are built, including the strip of land known as the Palisades, 
and the plain extending back of Kingston to the foot of the 
mountains. The material consists of boulders, gravel, and pebble 
of varying sizes, usually very angular, and representing every 
known material of the Blue Mountain series. These are embedded 
in a matrix of dull red arenaceous clay, producing a chocolate soil 
and derived from the Minho beds so completely exposed in situ 
in the mountains north of Kingston. 

With reference to the chart, Mr. Charlton Thompson, R.N., 

the harbour master, wrote in 1907 as follows : 

" I have always been of opinion that the Palisadoes were originally 
coral cays joined gradually by sand-spits. To my knowledge of 
Port Royal Point (thirty-one years), I am sure it had grown out 
about 50 feet during that time, which portion sank during the 
last earthquake ; and the depressions or subsidences which took 


place then were all made-up land. There were also subsidences 
in the Palisadoes." 

The following account of the hurricane of 1722 above 
referred to is from " A Voyage to Guinea, Brasil, and the 
West Indies ; in His Majesty's ships the Swallow and 
Weymouth " by John Atkins, a naval surgeon (2nd edition, 
London, 1737). 

The present hurricane was a week after our arrival ; began at 
eight in the morning, two days before the change of the moon, 
gave at least forty-eight hours notice, by a noisy breaking of the 
waves upon the kays, very disproportioned to the breeze, a con- 
tinued swell, without reflux of the water ; and the two nights 
preceding, prodigious lightnings and thunder ; which all the old 
experienced men foretold would be a hurricane ; or that one already 
had happened at no great distance. I was ashore at Port Royal 
and found all the pilots returned from the windward part of the 
island, (where they customarily attend the coming down of ships,) 
and observing upon the unusual intumescence of the water, so 
great the day before, and beat so high, that oiu' boats could not 
possibly put on shore at Gun Kay to take the men off that were 
set there, to the number of twenty, for trimming up our cask ; 
themselves making signals not to attempt it. Betimes next 
morning, the wind began in flurrys at N.E. and flew quickly round 
to S.E. and S.S.E. where it continued the stress of the storm, 
bringing such quantities of water, that our little island was over- 
flowed 4 foot at least ; so that what with the fierce driving of 
shingles (wooden staves used instead of tiling upon their houses) 
about our ears, and the water floating their boats, empty bogheads, 
and lumber about the streets, those without doors were every 
moment in danger of being knocked on the head, or carried away 
by the stream. Within it was worse, for the waters sapping the 
foundations, gave continual and just apprehensions of the houses 
falling, as in effect half of them did, and buried their inhabitants ! 
Nor indeed after the storm had began, was it safe to open a door, 
especially such as faced the wind, lest it should carry the roofs off ; 
and escaping thence, there was no place of retreat, we remaining 
in a very melancholly scituation, both from wind and water. The 
'perils of false brethren was nothing to it. It may be worth notice, 
what became of the purser in this common danger ; I was regard- 
less at first, as suspecting more of timidity in the people, till finding 
myself left alone proprietor of a shaking old house, the streets full 
of water and drift, with shingles flying about like arrows ; I began 
to meditate a little more seriously upon my safety, and would 
have compounded all my credit in the victualling, my hoops, and 
bags, for one acre (as Oonzalo says in the Tempest) of barren ground, 
long heath, or hrovm furze, to have trod dry upon. Our neighbours 


had retreated towards the church, as the strongest building, and 
highest ground, which I was luckily too late to recover ; but 
endeavouiing to stem upwards for a safer station, was taken into 
a house in the lower street, with an old woman wading in the same 
maimer from her ruined habitation. We were no sooner in, but 
new fears of this also falling, thrust us into the yard (the water 
then at eleven o'clock, breast high) where we helped one another 
upon a low brick-built outhouse, that being more out of the wind, 
and surrounded with others, kept the water still. The unhappiness 
of those who suffered in stronger, was their facing the wind, which 
brought the sea upon them with violence. A platform of one 
and twenty guns and mortars were drove some of them to the 
market-place ; the two lines of houses next the sea, with the 
church, was undermined and levelled with the torrent, and in their 
ruin was our safety ; for altho' we had a greater depth, they were 
by such a bank made motionless. The whole rise of the water 
was computed at 16 or 18 foot, very admirable at a place where 
it is not ordinarily observed to flow above one or two. At 5 in 
the evening the waters abated, and with so quick a retreat as to 
leave the streets dry before 6 ; when every one was congratulating 
his own safety in condolancies upon the loss of their friends. Of 
50 sail in this harbour, only four men-of-war and 2 merchant 
ships rid it out, but with all their masts and booms blown away. 
All the men we left at Oun Kay were washed oft and perished, 
except one Indian that drove into harbour upon a broken gallows 
that had been there erected. Wrecks and drowned men were 
everywhere seen along shore ; general complaints of loss at land 
(least at St. Jago) which made it a melancholy scene, and to finish 
the misfortune, the slackness of the sea-breezes, calms, and lightning, 
stagnating waters, broods of insects thence, and a shock or two of 
earthquake that succeeded to the hurricane, combined to spread 
a baneful influence, and brought on a contagious distemper, fatal 
for some months through the island. There being no volcanos, 
the earthquakes felt here are always after great rains, on a parched 
earth that admits their penetration ; and possibly nigher the coast, 
as at Port Royal, may be from the sea in a long process of time 
undermining in some manner a loose earth, or finding in its deep 
recesses new caverns ; or subterranean heats working towards 
them, the dreadful contest shocks. 

The hurricane occurred on the tenth anniversary of one 
that visited Jamaica on August 28, 1712. In it about four 
hundred persons perished, and August 28 was appointed 
by the House of Assembly as a " perpetual anniversary 

At this time it was " ordered that all masters of sloops 
and vessels employed as sugar-drogers in and about this 


island, shall before they are permitted to pass His Majesty's 
fort at Port Royal, be obliged to bring one load of stones 
each, in order to repair the damages done to the fortifica- 
tions by the late hurricane." The Marquis Duquesne 
got into trouble with the assembly owing to the manner 
in which he enforced the order, and generally in his duties 
as captain of the fort, and had to vindicate his position, in 
" The Marquis Duquesne vindicated in a letter to a noble 
lord," published in 1728. 

In a petition presented by the garrison of Fort Charles 
to a committee of the Assembly that was inspecting the 
fort in September 1725, the following representations occur : 

That abundance of us from time to time have been swept away 
into our graves ; besides several of us, by reson of divers sorts 
of lingering distempers, are rendered incapable of doing further 
service : 

"... You are sensible, sirs, our beds are the hard stones, our 
covering nothing but the expanded canopy of the heavens ! This 
certainly is very grievous, especially when we see the company at 
Spanish-Town lie in beds, and having barracks fit for men of their 
function. Are they more loyal subjects, or more dutiful soldiers, 
than we are ? Be it far from us to reflect on them or their happi- 
ness ! but with sorrow and regret we behold our own misfortunes. 

In 1733 Fort Charles was considered not sufficient pro- 
tection to Kingston Harbour and a fort at Mosquito Point 
was suggested ; this was the origin of Fort Augusta. 

In 1734 was passed an act to vest Lands in Port Royal 
in His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors for the use of 
His ships of war. The property consisted of " Lands, 
tenements, hereditaments or shoal water." The act, 
in the edition of 1738, is accompanied by a plan of land 
proposed to be acquired to the north-east of Port Royal. 
From this it appears that there was at the time a town 
wall on the sea front. 

In the first half of the eighteenth century smuggUng was 
prevalent in the British colonies, and subject to violent re- 
pression on the part of Spain. The well-known case in 1731 
of Robert Jenkins, master of the brig Rebecca, who lost his 
ear on his way from Jamaica to London was not unique. 
Rear-Admiral Stewart, who then commanded on the 


Jamaica station, saw that the fault lay largely with the 
Jamaica merchants, but the Enghsh merchants made their 
wrongs felt in the House of Parhament, and Vernon was 
amongst their warmest supporters. He pleaded for the 
destruction of Porto Bello (where the Spanish guardacostas 
fitted out), and offered to effect it with six ships ; which he 
did to his own renown and the gratification of the Enghsh 
nation in general and the Jamaica merchants in particidar. 
While in command on the Jamaica station, Vernon issued 
an order, which was quickly adopted by the Admiralty, 
and made marked improvement in the disciphne and 
efficiency of the British navy, and enriched the Enghsh 
language with the word grog. The order was to the effect 
that the sailors should quahfy their rum with water — a 
quart of water to half a pint of rum. The sailors did not 
hke their " grog," as they nicknamed the new drink, 
adopting the nickname of Vernon, derived, it is said, from 
his using a grogram boat cloak. 

Writing about 1740, Leshe, in his " New and Exacii 
Account of Jamaica," says : — " Port Royal was once the 
fairest seaport in America, it flowed in Riches and Trade, 
now it is only a small place, blit yet it consists of three 
handsome streets, several cross lanes and a fime Church. 
They have a Hospital for sick or disabled Sailors, and there 
is lately built a Yard for the King's Naval Stores and 
conveniency of Workmen employed about His Majesty's 
Ships of War." 

Although doubt had been expressed as to the wisdom 
of appointing Port Royal as a rendezvous, " for fear of 
the soldiers staying too long there, and gettiag sickness, 
by drinking too much rimi, as has usually been the case," 
on January 17, 1740-41, by -far the largest force that ever 
assembled in Jamaica waters was gathered together. On 
that day twenty-four ships of the hne under Sir Chaloner 
Ogle, with nine thousand soldiers under Brigadier Went- 
worth, reached Port Royal as a reinforcement for Vernon's 
fleet. The attempt on Cartagena was a miserable failure, 
owing to divided command, lack of abihty on Wentworth's 
part, disease caused by the rainy season, and general mis- 


management, which was exposed by Smollett, the novelist, 
who was surgeon's mate on one of Ogle's vessels. He 
married a Jamaica lady (the original of Narcissa in 
" Roderick Random ") and lived for a time in Jamaica. 

Ill-feehng also between Vernon and Wentworth was 
responsible for the lack of success which attended the attack 
on St. Jago de Cuba. 

During a storm in 1744 the larger part of the fleet was 
, luckily at sea under Sir Chaloner Ogle, but there were in 
the harbour nine men-of-war and ninety-six merchant- 
ships. One hundred and four were stranded, wrecked or 
foundered, so that only the Bippon rode it out with 
the loss of her masts. A great number of marines 

We learn from a petition from the inhabitants of Port Royal 
to the Assembly, in October 1751, that during the hurricane 
of that year, the sea " by forcing up the sand to a level with 
the wall, has rendered it quite unserviceable, as it gained, 
by that means, a free and easy passage into the town, and 
filled the greatest part of it with such a quantity of water, 
that many of the inhabitants, in the extremity of the 
weather, were obliged t& abandon their houses, and fly 
for shelter to places of greater safety." It then appeared 
that the law of 1717 arranging for the repairing of the 
wall had been a dead letter since 1737. 

When Rodney assumed command in 1771, he found 
that apartments only were provided for the admiral 
at Port Royal, and it was doubtless due to his action 
that " Admiral's Pen " near Eongston (the present poor- 
house), was purchased just before he left in 1774. One 
of the chief objects to which he devoted his attention while 
on this station was the watering of the fleet — ^the water 
having hitherto been purchased by the naval authorities ; 
and he, after investigation at Kingston and the Rio Cobre, 
decided on Rock Fort, Vernon's old spot, at Harbour Head 
as a source of supply. The sailors, when they found them- 
selves spared the task of roUing heavy water casks long 
distances in the hot sun, said "God bless the Admiral," but 
when they reahzed that improved methods of watering 


meant shorter leave on shore, they changed their tune and 
said, " The devil take the Admiral." 

Till about the year 1902, when pipes were laid along the 
PaUsadoes to Port Royal, that town had its water con- 
veyed to it, from Rodney's source at Rock Fort, in a sailing 
ship fitted for the purpose. 

Rodney, in order to get timely notice of the approach of 
foreign ships, had a look-out erected on the top of the 
Healthshire HUls on the opposite side of the harbour from 
Port Royal ; and on the site of Rodney's Look-out there 
is stUl a mark for navigation. 

It is quite likely that during the voyage which Nelson 
made to the West Indies in 1771-72 in a merchant ship he 
visited Jamaica, as the ship belonged to a Jamaica firm ; 
but no such visit has been recorded. 

On September 19, 1771, Rodney wrote from Port Royal : 

Since my letter to their Lordships [of the Admiralty] of the 
4th instant, giving their Lordships an account of the -violent earth- 
quake which happened the day before, which has been attended 
with frequent shocks till within these few days and, in the opinion 
of the inhabitants, done more damage than any siace the great 
one ia 1692, particularly in the towns of Port Royal and Kingston, 
in the former of which there is not a single house that has not 
been damaged, I find His Majesty's dockyard has suffered con- 
siderably. The pitch-house is split up the middle of the arch, 
the chimney thrown down, the coppers and chimney where the 
people cook while at the wharf are rendered useless ; the smith's 
shop split in several places, and so shaken as to be quite unservice- 
able. The foundations of the capstem and mast-houses have 
likewise received much damage. 

His Majesty's hospital at Port Royal seems to have suffered 
more than any other building, the chimneys shaken down, the 
walls shattered ; the partition walls and gable end of the northern 
wing, and a southern wall nest the dispensary greatly damaged. 

As the sick men were very much alarmed, and really in danger, 
I found it necessary to order the surgeon and agent to repair it 
with all possible despatch. There have been nine shocks since the 
first, but as each has appeared weaker, I hope we shall experience 
no more of them. 

The most brihiant period of Port Royal's glory was 
perhaps the command of Sir Peter Parker, from 1778- 


Of all the forts which have been erected from time to 
time round the coast of Jamaica for its protection the oldest, 
and most important from an historic standpoint, is un- 
doubtedly Fort Charles at Port Royal. It was not the first 
fort built at The Point, for Sedgwick writing home in 
November 1655, to the Commissioners of the Admiralty, 
said, " Are building a fort at the harbour's mouth, and 9 
or 10 guns are mounted." 

The construction of Fort Charles, named after Charles II, 

nelson's qttaktbr-deok 

was commenced in the reign of that monarch. When 
originally built it was washed by the sea on two sides. In 
course of time Chocalatta Hole became silted up, and is 
now the parade-ground. It is thus referred to in a " Journal 
Kept by Colonel William Beeston from his first coming to 
Jamaica," in connection with a fear that the Spaniards, 
enraged by the loss of St. Jago de Cuba, might meditate 
revenge, and make some attempt on the island : 

" Therefore what money was due to the King was called 
in, and in November [1662] about forty men hired to work 
on the fort, which is now called Fort Charles, with intent to 
finish it, which hitherto lay open, with only a round tour of 
stone and banks of board and sand towards the sea. . . ." 


And on May 29, 1678, he writes : " Being the King's 
birthday, and all the flags abroad upon all the forts, the 
great flag of Fort Charles blew down, which we doubted 
was ominous, being so noted a day and on the most noted 
Fort. ..." 

The fort was " not shook down, but much shattered " 
by the earthquake of 1692. It was subsequently recon- 
structed in 1699 by Colonel Christian LiUey, who had laid 
out the city of Kingston four years earher, and who in 1734 
was captain of the fort. 

From the earhest times the members of the House of 
Assembly were admitted to view the forts and f ortiflcations, 
and a joint committee of the Assembly and Council used 
to report annually on Fort Charles. 

Long, writing in 1774, says : " The Captain of the fort 
[Fort Charles] has of late years been appointed by the 
Governor's warrant, upon the nomination of his Ministry. 
His salary is only £109 10s. per annum, but the profits of 
this post make it far more considerable." 

In June 1779, war was declared with Spain, and on the 
11th of that month Nelson was promoted to the command 
of the Hinchinbrook, thus becoming a post-captain while 
yet four months under twenty-one years of age. The ship 
was then at sea, and had not returned by July 28, when 
Nelson wrote from Port Royal to his friend Captain Locker, 
and she apparently did not return till September 1 . During 
this period Nelson was in command of the batteries at Port 
Charles, as he twice mentions in his pubHshed correspondence 
— once when writing under date August 12, 1779, to Locker, 
and once in the " Sketch of My Life," written twenty years 
later. At this time Jamaica was, to use Nelson's own words, 
" turned upside down " by fear of capture of a French fleet. 
In bis own letter to Locker he says, speaking of the measures 
of defence taken : 

Five thousand men were encamped between the Ferry and 
Kingston, 1000 at Fort Augusta, 300 at the Apostles' Battery, 
and we expect to have 500 in Fort Charles, where I am to command. 
•Lion, Salisbury, Charon, and Janus in a line from the Point to the 
outer shoal ; Buhy and Bristol in the narrows going to Kingston, 



to rake any ships that may attack Fort Augusta ; Pomona and 
Spehe Indiaman above Rook Fort, and Lowesioffe at the end of 
the dock wall. ... I have fairly stated our situation, and I leave 
you in England to judge what stand we shall make ; I think you 
must not be surprised to hear of my learning to speak French. 

In his sketch of his life, Nelson tells us : 

In this critical state [i.e. fear of invasion] I was by both Admiral 
and General entrusted with the command of the Batteries at Port 
Royal, and I need not say, as the defence of this place was the key 
to the port of the whole naval force, the town of Kingston, and 
Spanish Town, it was the most important place in the whole island. 

The admiral was Sir Peter Parker, Nelson's lifelong 
friend and patron ; the general was the Governor, Dalling. 

This was Nelson's first actual command after he was 
posted, though it lasted probably but three or four weeks; 
and gave him no opportunity of showing what he could do 
in that capacity. 

Nelson's reputation still survives in Fort Charles itself, 
and there still exists his wooden " quarter-deck " from 
which he could, while pacing up and down, command a view 
to windward. 

There is also an inscription to his memory in gilt letters 
on a white marble tablet fixed into the brickwork of the 
west wall of Fort Charles. In size the tablet is 2| feet by 
1^ feet, and the follovwing is a copy of the inscription : 



You who tread his footprints 
Remember his glory. 

Nelson's memory was kept green in Jamaica for many 
years. Monk Lewis saw, at Black River, at New Year, 
1816, a " Nelson's Car " with " Trafalgar " written on it, 
which formed part of the procession of Blue Girls in the 
John Canoe festivities. But there is no monument to the 



great hero in Jamaica as there is at Barbados ; and yet 
the larger island owes just as much to Nelson as does the 

The following, amongst others, commanded at Fort 
Charles : Major Man (1661-64), Major Byndloss (1664-66), 
Sir James Modyford (1667), Col. Theodore Cary (1675) 
Col. Charles Morgan (1682), Col. Molesworth (1683), Col'. 
James O'Brien (1691-92), Peter Beckford (1692) Col 
Knight (1703), Major 
Howard (1713), Col. 
Joseph Delawnay 
(1715), Gabriel, Mar- 
quis Duquesne (1723- 
25), Captain Dalrym- 
ple (1730-33), Col. 
Christian Lilly (1733- 
35), Captain Charles 
Knowles (1734), Col. 
PhiHps (1737), Cap- 
tain Newton (1742), 
Captain Hamilton 
(1743), Lieut. -Col. 
Spragge (1753), Cap- 
tain Trower (1762), 
Exelbee Lawford 
(1776), John DaUing 
(1776-77), Horatio 
Nelson (1777), Edward FitzGerald (1777-79), Montgomery 
Mathan (1779-80), Hans Carsden (1780). 

A portrait bust in wood, which formed the figurehead 
of the Ahoukir, port guardship from 1862 to 1877, and now 
rests in the dockyard (alongside the figureheads of the 
Imaum, the port guardship from 1856 to 1862 ; the Argent, 
the port guardship from 1877 to 1903, and the Megaera, 
wrecked on Bare Bush Cay in 1843), was until quite lately 
thought to represent Nelson ; but recent investigation has 
tended to prove that it is a portrait of the celebrated general 
Sir Ralph Abercromby, who received his death wound in 
the hour of victory at the battle of Alexandria, on August 1, 



1801 (when he was conveyed to Nelson's old flagship, the 
Foudroyant) : the bhnd eye of the soi-disant Nelson has 
been removed, and the figure painted to represent Aber- 
cromby. If this be the true version, one rather wonders 
what wag had the audacity to transform it into a Nelson. 

After a cruise of a few months in his ship,the HincMnbrook, 
Nelson wrote to Locker from Port Royal on January 23, 
1780, " Our mess is broken up. Captain Cornwallis and 
myself live together. ... I have been twice given over 
since you left this country with that cursed disorder, the 
gout." Early in 1780, Nelson went on that ill-fated expedi- 
tion to Nicaragua, originated by DaUing, the governor, in 
which Dr. Dancer, the island botanist, and the tmfortunate 
Colonel Despard took part. 

This expedition, while it laid the foundation of his subse- 
quent fame, nearly cost Nelson his hfe. On his return to 
Port Royal he was suffering so much from fever and dysentery 
that he had to be carried ashore in his cot to the lodging- 
house of his former black niu-se, Couba Comwalhs, a 
favourite nurse with naval officers. From Couba's hands 
Nelson passed under the care of Sir Peter and Lady Parker, 
who first nursed him at Admiral's Pen, and afterwards sent 
him to Admiral's Mountain * (as the Admiral's hill residence 
was named) to recuperate ; but there he missed their kind 
attention, and wished himself back with Couba. While at 
Jamaica Nelson made many friends — in addition to his 
naval companions, Parker, Prince WiUiam, Locker and 
CoUingwood — such as Simon Taylor, a wealthy sugar planter 
and Hercules Ross, the Navy agent, to whose son Horatio, 
afterwards a celebrated sportsman. Nelson stood godfather. 
A portrait of Charles II (said to have been painted in 1679 
and to have been in the possession of Bishop Falconer), 
presented by Hercules Ross, for many years hung in the 
Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers' mess at Fort Charles, 
and now adorns the former residence of the commodores, 
now used as the mess room. 

Towards the close of Parker's service at Jamaica, Rodney 

* This was probably in the Red Hills, but has never been identified 
It was possibly Mount Salus. 


gained his celebrated victory over the brave De Grasse off 
Dominica, on April 12, 1782. De Grasse after fighting hard 
all day till only himself and two men remained unwounded, 
at the setting of the sun and the arrival of the Barfleur fresh 
to the fray, lowered with his own hands his flag on his ship 
the Ville de Paris, the gay Lutetia's present to Louis XV, 
and thus completed the British victory which had com- 
menced the moment that Rodney's flagship the Formidable 
had broken the UVench Une. 

On April 24, news reached Jamaica from St. Lucia, that 
both French and Enghsh fleets had sailed. The worst was 
feared, and the suspense was intense ; but on the morrow 
arrived the joyful news from Rodney that Jamaica was 
saved from invasion. 

On the morning of Monday, April 29, Rodney's fleet with 
nine prizes was seen approaching, and though it was evident 
that it would be near sunset before the ships could be moored 
we can imagine that that would not have restrained many 
from starting off from Kingston to Port Royal to witness 
the triumphal entry. 

Those, however, who remained behind and lined every vantage 
spot of view and every housetop, witnessed a goodly sight, for a 
long line of tall ships, on the tallest of which flew the lilies of 
France with the Bed Cross of St. George of England surmounting 
it, followed by ship after ship each bearing similar signs of sub- 
jugation, and attended by a brave show of their captors, swept in 
slow but stately array past the Palisadoes with the last of the 
sea breeze, and rounding the point brought up in good order, their 
enormous wooden anchor stocks causing such a splash as they 
fell from their bows as to be visible by help of a good glass from 
Kingston Church tower. 

The Ville de Paris, was, it is said, the first first-rate man- 
of-war ever taken and carried into port by any commander 
of any nation. A painting by Pine, of Rodney in action 
aboard the Formidable, attended by his principal officers, 
is, with a volume of charts taken from De Grasse's cabin, 
and a series of prints illustrating the engagement, in the 
Institute of Jamaica. The prizes were sent home under 
convoy, which was of course a special one. In those 
days the planters, merchants and others interested 


were wont to meet and settle the rates of freight to be paid 
by the fleet of merchantmen which went home four times 
a year, under the convoy of a man-of-war. In war time 
the rates were nearly three times as high as in peace. The 
merchantmen were then wont to assemble at Bluefields in 
order to await their convoy for England. 

The Ville de Paris and the other prizes encountered a 
hurricane on their way to England on September 16 ; and 
being hove to on the wrong tack, and perhaps overladen 
with the captured battering train and other stores, besides 
being weakened by the heavy fire to which they had been 
exposed, they with the exception of the Ardent foundered 
with 1200 men ; several ships of the convoy also sank. 

A series of four aquatints by Robert Dodd, published in 
1783, illustrates the fate of this convoy with special reference 
to the Lady Juliana. 

It is worthy of record that two sons of Flora Macdonald 
went down in the late flagship of the Comte De Grasse. 

In this connection the following extract from the Minutes 
of a Meeting of the West India Merchants — now the West 
India Committee — ^held on January 29, 1782, Mr. Long 
presiding, may be of interest : 

The following letter from the Chairman, and Deputy Chairman, 
to Mr. Stephens, was read. 

Sib, — We take the Liberty of desiring you to submit to the 
Lords of the Admiralty, to recommend to their Commander in 
Chief, the request we made at the Board some time ago, of having 
early and frequent Convoys home, both from Jamaica and the 
Leeward Islands, instead of the Ships being sent home in such 
large and delayed Fleets, which in the present Situation of Affairs, 
is found to be attended with great Inconveniences, and very severe 
losses, besides, a greater Object of Attention to the Enemy. — ^Early 
Convoys are particularly desirable, from the Produce being extremely 
wanted, on account of its scarcity, and coming home in a favourable 
season for safe Passages, the Strength of the Convoys may be 
regulated by the number of the Trade in each. 

We decline naming the Times of the Appointment of the Convoys 
(as has been usually done) in order to prevent their expected arrival 
in Europe being known to our Enemies. 

We are, etc., 

10th January, 1782. (Signed) Beeston Long. 

RiCHD. Neave. 


From 1796 to 1800, Sir Hyde Parker was commander-in- 
chief of Jamaica, and the cruising ships as stationed by him 
were exceptionally fortunate, and brought into Port Royal 
a great many prizes, merchantmen, privateers and ships of 
war, " by which both himself and his country were materi- 
ally benefited." 

From October 1782 to July 1783, Nelson was cruising 
under Hood in West Indian waters, and more than once put 
into Port Royal. 

In 1783, WiUiam IV, as a midshipman on the celebrated 
Barfleur, came into Port Royal, the first prince of the blood 
royal of England to put foot on Jamaica's shore. He then 
made the acquaintance of Couba ComwaUis, the cMre amie 
of the admiral of that name and the kindly nurse of Nelson, 
who Hved till 1848. 

Lady Nugent in her voluminous Journal, does not make 
much reference to Port Royal. On their arrival in July 
1801, she records : 

It is now seven o'clock in the evening and we have only just 
anchored in Port Royal Harbour. An express is just sent off to 
the Governor at Spanish Town. Colonel Ramsay of the Artillery, 
and Captain Coates of the 69th Regiment, with a Navy officer 
from Lord Hugh Seymour, came on board immediately. I am 
disappointed. I hoped to have landed instantly, but there is so 
much etiquette about it, that it is settled we are not to stir till 
to-morrow morning. 

29th [July]. General N. landed at six o'clock under salutes 
from the forts and all the ships of war in the harbour. The 
Ambuscade fired on his leaving the deck, and I lay down to my 
cot, with a pillow over my ears, the noise was so stunning. 

All this is in marked contrast to the simpler landing of a 
governor in these days — even on his first arrival. 

In March 1804, Lady Nugent records : 

Dress by candle-light, and our whole party proceeded to Port 
Royal where the Admiral gave us a grand breakfast on board 
the Hercules. . . . The lion for the morning for the gentlemen 
was a large cannon, taken from the French, but I own it did'not 
interest me much. 

This was probably one of those cannons which were 
removed to the present King's House on the shutting up 
of the dockyard. 


In 1806, Port Royal saw the victorious Duckworth bring 
in three French ships taken off Santo Domingo after what 
was called, before the days of Togo, " one of the completest 
victories on record." 

In the memorable year 1805, Dacres was commander-in- 
chief of Jamaica, and he detained at Port Royal for the 
protection of the island four of the six ships (of Cochrane's 
squadron), which had come out in chase of Missiessy, and 
Nelson had hoped would reach him at Barbados, when he 
sailed in pursuit of the French fleet under Villeneuve, 
immediately before Trafalgar. 

With Trafalgar, Port Royal's chief importance as a naval 
station may be said to have ended. Nothing of great 
moment, except the almost complete destruction of the 
town by fire in 1815, occurred afterwards, although Jamaica 
remained as a separate station for some twenty years 

Monk Lewis writes in February 1816 : 

The Jamaica canoes are hollowed cotton-trees. We embarked 
in one of them at six in the morning, and visited the ruins of Port 
Royal, ■which, last year , was destroyed by fire : some of the houses 
were rebuilding ; but it was a melancholy sight, not only from 
the look of the half -burnt buildings, but the dejected countenances 
of the ruined inhabitants. 

Bleby records in his " Scenes in the Caribbean Sea " 
(1854) having seen as he entered the harbour in 1831, several 
slavers captured by British cruisers and sent in here to be 
condemned and broken up. 

In " The Wanderings of a Marine," a series of letters 
to a friend comprising descriptive sketches at sea and on 
shore, at home and abroad, written in 1831 — a manuscript 
volume in the West India Library, of the Institute of 
Jamaica, we read : 

As we approached Port Royal Bay a novel and pleasing sight 
was again displayed to our view. The hills now gradually gave 
place to gentle slopes and green knolls till towards the entrance 
the land became perfectly level. Still advancing, we found our- 
selves in a narrow channel between the projecting headlands 
beautifully ornamented with cocoanut trees and separated from 
each other by a very small distance, scarcely sufficient to permit 


two large vessels to pass. At the extremity of these headlands, 
where the bay begins to sweep, there are placed two very strong 
forts, and there is a third at the opposite side so that no enemy 
can force an entrance if a good outlook is kept. The water in this 
channel is remarkably clear, and exhibits with great distinctness 
the tops and chimneys of houses at the bottom. It is now many 
years since a dreadful earthquake destroyed great part of the town 
of Port Royal and covered it with the sea, by which means the 
site of the harbour was completely changed, and what was formerly 
dry land, on which stood the town, became part of the entrance 
of the bay. 

In the " Statistical Report of the Sickness, Mortahty, 
and InvaUding Among the Troops in the West Indies," 
published as a Parhamentary paper in 1838, the following 
is the account given of Port Royal : 

. . . The barracks stand at the very extremity of the peninsula 
on which the town is built, only three feet above the level of the sea, 
and frequently at high water a great portion of the parade-ground 
is inundated by the tide. The hospital is in a narrow street leading 
from the town to the barracks, and consists of a ground floor and 
upper storey, divided into six wards, with balconies in front and 
rear. . . . 

. . . During the above period [1817-1836] the average mortality 
has been about 113 per thousand of the strength annually, but 
it exhibits remarkable variations at different periods. Last year 
it was less than 1 per cent., while in 1825 about a third part of the 
force was cut off ; thus demonstrating how difficult it is to form 
any fair estimate of the influence of these climates, except on the 
average of a long series of years. This station suffered very 
severely from the epidemic fevers which raged throughout the 
island in 1819, 1822, and 1825. A large proportion of the force 
also was cut off in 1821, when most of the other stations were 
comparatively healthy. . . . 

On comparing the ratio of deaths by each of the above classes 
of diseases with that which has prevailed generally throughout 
the island, there appears little difference in any except fevers, 
which have been rather under the average, particularly siace 
1830 ; and so irregular has been their operation that, though in 
1819 and 1825, they out off a third part of the force ; in 1831 not 
a death took place from them. 

On visiting Jamaica in 1844, whUe the captain and the 
other passengers of the ship, which was bound for Savanna- 
la-Mar, went up the harbour, to see Kingston, Gosse spent 
his time in examining the fauna and flora of the PaUsadoes. 


It is true there was little of the luxuriance or beauty that we 
associate with tropical scenery here. It is a low land of sand 
nearly nine miles in length ; but scarcely anjrsrhere more than 
a few hundred yards in breadth, forming a natural breakwater 
that separates the broad lake-like harbour of Kingston from the 
Caribbean Sea. I found it barren enough ; but it was all strange, 
and to feet which for nearly two months had not felt the firm 
earth, even a rim along the beach was exhilarating. The graceful 
cocoanut palm sprang up in groups from the water's edge, waving 
its feathery fronds over the rippling waters that dashed about 
its fibrous foot. Great bushes of prickly-pear and other Ccbdi 
were growing on the low summit of the bank, covering large 
spaces of ground, with their impenetrable masses, presenting a 
formidable array of spines : as dad also a species of Acacia that 
grew in thickets and single trees. All along the line of high water 
lay heaps of seaweeds drying in the sun, among which was parti- 
cularly abundant a species of Padina, closely resembling the pretty 
" Peacock's tail " of our own shores, though less regularly beautiful. 
Sponges of various forms, and large Fan-oorals with the gelatinous 
flesh dried on the homy skeleton, were also thrown up on the 
higher beach ; and I found in some abundance, a Coralline, of a 
soft consistence, and of a bright grass green hue, each branch 
of which was terminated by a radiating tuft of slender filaments. 

Shells were very scarce on the sea beach j but on the harbour 
side many species were found in the crevices and pools of the low 
rooks, and just within the margin of the water. All were small, 
and few presented any facts worthy of being noticed : they were 
chiefly of the genera Turbo, Phasianella, Planaxis, Buccinum, 
VermetiLs, and Fusus ; the bivalves Ostrea, Anomia, Spondylus, 
Avicula, Area, Gardium, Venus, and Pholas. Several specimens of 
a brilliant little Choetodon were swimming and darting about the 
narrow, but deep pools ; they were not more than an inch in 
length, marked with alternate bands of black and golden yellow. 
In the vertical position in which they swim, with the eye of the 
observer looking down upon them, they appear to bear the slender 
proportions of ordinary fishes ; and it is only by accident as in 
turning, or on capturing one, that we detect the peculiar form, 
high and vertically flattened, of this curious genus. 

For the naturalist there is a work of lasting interest in 
the form of a small rare volume published in 1855, byEichard 
Hill, the friend and collaborator of Gosse, entitled " A Week 
at Port Royal." Even in his day it was " a place for the 

One passage records that : 

Admiral Sir Charles Hamilton related that in 1780 the sub- 
merged houses were plainly discernible between the* town as it now 


stands and the usual anchorage of vessels of war. Bryan Edwards 
says, in 1793, the ruins were visible in clear weather from the 
boats which sailed over them ; and Lieutenant B. Jeffrey, of the 
Royal Navy, states that when engaged ia the surveys made between 
the years 1824 and 1835, he repeatedly traced sites of buildings 
where the depth of the water is from four to six fathoms. When 
there was little wind, he perceived traces of houses, especially 
distinct when he used the instrument called " the diver's eye " 
let down below the ripple of the wave. 

A later work, published in 1893 by Major M. M[artin] and 
others, entitled " Port Royal and its Harbour," is of more 
general iaterest. 

In 1891, at the time of the exhibition, Jamaica was visited 
by the present King and his elder brother, and Port Royal 
was not overlooked ; nor was it when Prince Albert visited 
Jamaica in. the spring of 1913. 

In 1894, experimental borings were made by the mihtary 
authorities with a view to obtaining a supply of fresh water, 
but these were abandoned when a depth of 270 feet had been 

By the irony of fate, the impetus given a few years since 
to British naval development was destined to result not in 
the increase in importance, but in the withdrawal of the 
remnants of the faded glory, of a fort which was formerly 
one of the principal advance guards of Britannia's realm. 

A shadow of coming events was cast in 1903 by the sale 
of the old depot ship, the Urgent, which for many years, 
after serving as a troop ship, had swung to the tide at the 
entrance to the harbour, which before the days of monster 
vessels boasted that it could hold the navies of the world. 
By a special order in council the commodore then flew for 
a short time his broad pennant in the dockyard instead of 
in the Urgent, which was destined to spend her last days 
in the inglorious capacity of a coal hulk in Boston harbour. 
Then the edict went forth that the office of commodore, 
which in 1838 replaced that of admiral, when Jamaica 
ceased to be an independent command, was to be aboHshed, 
and on March 31, 1905, Commodore Fisher struck his flag. 

Of later years Port Royal has become most important as 
a military fort ; if that glory were taken from it, it would 


sink almost into the insignificance of its neighbour Port 
Henderson, across the harbour's mouth — ^where the old 
Aboukir, rebuilt, does duty as a storehouse, and where 
memory still Hngers of the days when it formed a seaside 
resort for the gay folk of St. Jago de la Vega — and it would 
be without Port Henderson's importance as a banana 

Its ancient glory was recalled on September 10, 1914, 
when a large crowd assembled to see H.M.S. Essex bring 
in as prize the Hamburg-Amerika line steamer Bethania 
with five hundred naval reservists on board. 

It is to be hoped that the completion of the Panama Canal 
may give to Port Royal a new era of commercial prosperity, 
unaccompanied by the drawbacks which attended its 
acquisition of wealth in the seventeenth century. 



The parish of St. Catherine derived its name from the queen 
of Charles II., who was king of England when the parish 
was formed. In the first act in which it is mentioned it 
is correctly spelled Katharine. It consists of what before 
the passing of law 20 of 1867 constituted the parishes of 
St. Catherine, St. Dorothy, St. John and St. Thomas-in-the- 
Vale. St. Thomas-in-the-Vale was probably named after 
Sir Thomas Lynch. St. Dorothy, Roby, in his " Memorials 
of the Cathedral Church and Parish of St. Catherine " 
(1831), conjectures, received its name in comphment to 
Dorthy Wale, who had probably a large estate there. 

Passage Fort, at first known as The Passage, probably 
so called by the Spaniards as being their place of embarka- 
tion from St. Jago de la Vega (Spanish Town), situated at 
the west end of Kingston harbour, first appears in the 
annals of Jamaica as the landing-place of a predatory 
expedition fitted out chiefly in Barbados and St. Kitts in 
1642 by a certain Captain William Jackson, of whom httle 
is known but of whose expedition a graphic accoimt is 
given in a manuscript in the Sloane MSS. in the British 
Museum entitled : " CXVIII — ^Mercurius Americanus — 
A Briefe Joumall, or a succinct and true relation of the 
most Remarkable Passages observed in the Voyage under- 
taken by Captain William Jackson to the West Indies or 
Continent of America. Anno Domini, 1642, September 27," 
reprinted in " The West India Committee Circular," 
May 9, 1911— January 16, 1912. The date, September 27, 
1642, it may be mentioned, is the date of saihng, not of the 
writing of the account. 

81 V 


Richard Norwood, who was a minister of religion and a 
school teacher, writing under date May 14, 1645, from 
Somers Islands, now known as Bermuda, to the Governor - 
and Company of Adventurers to the Somer Islands, alluded 
to the time when of late the valiant and victorious General 
Capt. Jackson arrived after his voyage through the West 
Indies, and added " it was doubtful how things would 

After attempts more or less successful on various islands 
and the Spanish main, Jackson, in the Charles, accompanied 
by the Dolphin and the Valentine, put into Port Royal 
harbour on March 25, 1643. After trying the west coast 
of the harbour, where they perceived "noe passage," they 
interrogated some prisoners and were led to Passage Fort 
".at a place where we found an Old Trench and a store- 
house of Timber, lately sett by but not fxiUy finished," 
where, after a skirmish with both horse and foot of the 
enemy, they took the fort and marched past " divers 
workes," one of which they dismantled, into Spanish Town. 
Jackson's men were so pleased that they wished " to sett 
by their stacon here"; but the general, bent on robbing 
the Spaniards, had no taste for bucolic simplicity and gave 
up the town for " 200 Beaves and 10,000 weight of cassavi 
bread for ye victualling of our ships, besides 20 Beaves every 
day for ye general expense till our departure and 7,000 pieces 
rf Eight." After spending sixteen days in " salting up our 
Beaves " Jackson and his men sailed away, but a few days 
later took a Spanish frigate " in an Harbour next to that 
where wee had formerly ridd at ankor," probably Old 

The most important event, however, in the history of 
Passage Fort is the taking of Jamaica by the English in 
1655. After an inexcusable failure on Hispaniola (or, to 
give it its original name, Haiti), due in some measure to 
silly jealousy between the naval and mihtary authorities, 
when, to use Venables's own words, passion usurped the 
seat of reason, and also to want of care — one might almost 
say of honesty — on the part of those responsible for the 
organization of the expedition, Penn and Venables, joint 



commanders of an expedition intended " to assault the 
Spaniard in the West Indies," entered what we now 
call Kingston harbour on May 10, 1655, and anchored 
at about 11 a.m. On nearing the island it had been pro- 
claimed to the whole army, as a result of the cowardice 
displayed in the attack on Hispaniola, that whoever should 
be found to turn his back on the enemy and run away, the 
next officer (that brought up the rear of that division) 
should immediately run him through, on penalty of death 
if he failed to do it. 


There were thirty-eight ships in the three squadrons, 
and about seven thousand troops, without counting the 
sea regiment, who numbered nearly one thousand more. 

A few shots fired into the fort from the Martin (one of 
the smallest of the fleet, carrying but twelve guns and 
sixty men), whicliwas run ashore as near the fort as possible, 
and the landing of the troops, seemed to have sufficed to 
disperse the Spaniards, whose best soldier, a major, had 
been disabled by a shot. They left three guns mounted in 
the fort. 

Thus Jamaica was captured by a wretched army with- 
out the loss of a man. Colonel Clarke, who had died at 
sea on the 9th from wounds received at Hispaniola, was 
buried at Passage Fort on May 11. 


The following account, signed W.B., and written 
probably by William Burrows, who was Sir William Penn's 
chief clerk in the Navy Office after the Restoration, is taken 
from the journal of the Swiftsure : 

The landing-places are two, and are only banks supported with 
stakes, a matter of twenty yards long towards the water ; all the 
rest being trees and bushes, among which can be no good going 
ashore. At the more eastward, where we landed, we saw the 
ordnance the Spaniards left ; the army having landed at the other, 
within that to the westward. A pretty parcel of ground is cleared 
within the landing-places. About a furlong and a half thence, 
the way leads into the wood, which continues till within a quarter 
of a mile of the town ; all the way being even, without hills, and a 
fair path for eight to march abreast. At the issuing out of the 
wood begins the Savanna, which stretches about, and is very fair 
and plain to the westward of the town ; so that I deemed there 
might be room enough for 50,000 men to draw up in battalia. 

The Rio Cobre has, since the conquest of the island, 
brought down so much sand and deposited it at its mouth 
that the site of Passage Fort is now some four or five hun- 
dred yards off the sea. In dry weather, it now meanders 
through a new course which it cut for itself in 1838, across 
the beach to the harbour, giving no idea of the power which 
it acquires in the rainy season. Here, as of old, is there 
" no good going ashore," the slope of the beach being very 

In " The Present State of Jamaica " (1683) we read : 
" Going from Port Royal to St. Jago de la Vega, people 
land at Passage, where a fort was in Col. Doyly's time, and 
there is about thirty houses that are storehouses, alehouses, 
and horse keepers, and hackney coaches ; this being the 
greatest passage in the island, it is two leagues from Port 
Royal by sea, and six miles from St. Jago by land." 

Totally destroyed by the earthquake of 1692, the village 
was but partially rebuilt, and was, when Long wrote £s 
history (1774), of small importance, consisting of about 
fifteen houses, chiefly inhabited by wharfingers, warehouse 
keepers and the masters of wherries and hackney chaises, 
which plied with passengers to and from Port Royal and 
Spanish Town. Large ships could not lie alongside as 


there was not sufficient depth of water ; and for this reason 
it was in a measure superseded by Port Henderson, where 
the depth of water is greater ; but, with the abandonment 
of Spanish Town as the seat of government, both villages 
gradually diminished, and Passage Fort is to-day a mere 
fishing hamlet. 

Richard Hill, in his " A Week at Port Royal " (1855), 
says : 

The early maps of Saint Catherine's show that there have 
occurred deviations in the course of the Rio Cobre, that are not 
easily to be reconciled by abundant rains. Antecedent to the 
discovery of the West Indies, the embouchure of the river was 
perceptively in the ponds, shut in by the narrow belt of land on 
which Fort Augusta stands, the river having been at that time 
more of a surface stream, and striking to the sea due south ; the 
ovtlet curving northward, and embaying Passage Fort. At the 
time of the conquest of the island by the English the river flowed 
in an opposite direction due north, coursing the foot of the Caymanas 
Mountains, and making the present lagoons in the upper part of 
that plain its channel, seeking the sea southward, through what 
is now an independent stream, called the Ferry River (Fresh River). 
In 1722, in the midst of an extraordinary rain-storm, this channel 
was suddenly quitted, and a straight line made eastward. The 
settling waters, as they reached the Harbour of Kingston, impeded 
by the easterly winds, regurgitated through the lakelet into which 
they gathered themselves, and digging out the soil at the foot of 
the moxmtains, made the present lagoons, increasing the sea-board 
lands of Hunt's Bay 3000 feet (three thousand). 

In Spanish Town, the ancient capital, although there 
is nothing to speak to us of the native Arawak, we can 
perhaps, better than anywhere else in the island, picture 
to ourselves the deeds of the Spaniards in the fifteenth 
and early sixteenth century ; and especially the long 
struggles between the people's or rather planters' representa- 
tives and the government in the House of Assembly for a 
century and a half ; together with the political and social 
entertainments at King's House, as narrated for one short 
period in the graphic pages of Lady Nugent's Journal, 
until, with the removal of the government to Kingston by 
Sir John Peter Grant, Spanish Town was shorn of its 
grandeur, to be only revived at rare intervals by such epi- 
sodes as the consecration of the Bishop of Antigua in 1911. 


Jackson gives the following account of the town in 1643. 

The fame of our proceedings in other places had arrived here 
eight days before us, so that they had time enough to convey all 
their best household stuff away, leaving nothing behinde them of 
any value, but onely ye possession of empty houses, with some 
few chaires, bedsteads, jarres of Mountego, and ye like poore 
materialls. However, we feasted ourselves this night with Hoggs, 
Henns, and other good provisions, which wee found in and about 
ye Towne. This place is called by ye inhabitants Sant Jago de la 
Vega, being a faire Town, consisting of four or five hundred houses, 
built for ye most part with canes, overcast with morter and lime, 
and covered with Tyle. It is beautiful with five or six stately 
churches and chappies, and one Monastery of Franciscan Ib:yers, 
and situated upon descent of a delectable and spacious plaine, on 
ye North West whereof runneth a pleasant River, whose streame 
doth empty itself into ye Harbour, distant from hence about four 
miles Eastward, where our Fleet lay at ankor. 

The houses, xmlesse it bee in ye Markitt Place, stand somewhat 
separated one from another, by which means it taketh up farr 
more roome than thrice ye number of our comparted building in 

The churches and houses of the Spaniards were for the 
most part destroyed by the Venables's soldiery in sheer 
wantonness. But when they began to settle the island, 
they repaired those which were worth repairing. It is 
doubtful, however, if much Spanish work exists to-day. 

The foundations of St. Jago de la Vega were probably 
laid by the then viceroy, Diego Columbus, about the year 
1523. His son Lewis, created Duke of Veragua, had for 
a second title Marqtiis de la Vega, after this town. Hicker- 
ingill (writing in 1661) tells us that when the English took 
the island it contained 2000 houses, sixteen churches and 
chapels and one abbey, and that of these the Enghsh 
soldiery left but two churches and 500 houses undemoHshed, 
but it is thought by Long that this was an exaggeration. 

In April 1755 when the penkeepers of St. Catherine, 
St. John, St. Dorothy and St. Thomas-in-the-Vale petitioned 
the Assembly against the proposed removal of the courts 
of justice and public offices to Kingston (the assembly 
itself being then sitting there) they stated that St. Jago de 
la Vega then consisted of 499 houses, of a rental value of 
nearly £20,000, and 866 settled white inhabitants exclusive 


of visitors, and 405 mulattoes and negroes : that there were 
472 pens and provision plantations in the neighbourhood, 
and there were 24,000 inhabitants in the parishes named. 

When Doyley, on the death of Brayne in September 1657, 
found himself in supreme command in the newly acquired 
island of Jamaica, he set himself resolutely to work to 
establish the colony on a firm basis. After having success- 
fully repelled three attempts made by Saai, the last Spanish 
governor, to retake the island from Hispaniola, he, in 
August 1660, was met by internal rebellion, got up by 
Colonel Raymond, who persuaded Colonel Tyson, the 
gallant commander of the English troops in the last defeat 
of Sasi a few months earlier, to participate in it. 

Of Raymond Uttle is known beyond that Beeston calls 
him " a discontented reformed officer," and Long " a 
factious officer." Tyson, we know, was not one of those 
who came out with Venables, but arrived a year later. 
Leslie tells us that they were " two gentlemen who adhered 
to the Protector and had a mighty influence on the soldiers." 

Li the face of contradictory evidence it is a little difficult 
to discover the real origin of the outbreak. An interesting 
contemporary account of it is given by Colonel (afterwards 
Sk) William Beeston, in a journal kept by him " from his 
first coming to Jamaica," and printed froin the MSS. now 
in the British Museum, in " Interesting Tracts relating to 
the Island of Jamaica ... St. Jago de la Vega, 1800." 
He says : 

April 27, 1660. At my arrival the people were still as an Army, 
but without pay, commanded by General Doyley, under whom, 
as chief ministers, were Major Fairfax and Captain Burroughs ; the 
government was only by a court-martial held once a month at St. 
Jago, and what disputes General Doyley [gap in the print here] 
self, who lived very near and private, did not by any means love 
planting, but hindered those that were willing to plant, by telling 
them they would be all called off. The people were now healthful, 
and provisions began to be plenty, and trade to increase ; the 
privateering was carried on, and good prizes often brought in by 

them ... n 1 J 

About this time the rump parliament being agam up m England 

no recruits came for the Army, and they had no pay which made 

the soldiers deem themselves neglected, and a general expectation 


there was that all would be called off, and the island deserted, there 
being no news of His Majesty's happy restoration ; this gave oc- 
casion to one of the Regiments at Guanaboe, and formerly com- 
manded by "Colonel Barrington, but now by Lieutenant-Colonel 
Tyson, who being set on by a discontented reformed officer called 
Lieutenant-Colonel Raymond, who lived near him, began to mutiny 
and set up for themselves, saying, they would live no more as an 
Army. And accordingly, August 2, they declared they would 
have the Island settled in Colonies, and make constables and civil 
officers. These, General Doyley not being able to appease with 
words, drew some forces to St. Jago to appease them, but was 
cautious, not being certain but that those he brought if it came 
to the push, would fail him, and be of the mind of the others ; and, 
therefore, he ordered a ship of Southampton, called the Mary, 
Captain Richard Tylar, Commander, to lay ready without the fort 
that if he saw things grow desperate he might embark and leave 
them ; but by sending several messengers to them, and at length 
Major Richard Hope, of the Liguanea Regiment, he so prevailed 
with them, telling them the danger if they persisted, and, on the 
contrary, that if they delivered up the two Lieutenant-Colonels 
they should all be pardoned, that they promised the next morning 
to deliver up their officers. Accordingly, in the morning, the 
soldiers brought down the two Lieutenant-Colonels, and delivered 
them up ; on whom there presently sat a Court-Martial who adjudged 
them worthy of death, and accordingly, in a very short time, in sight 
of both parties, they were shot to death. Then the soldiers were 
all ordered to their several quarters, but were grown so insolent, 
that the General was forced to give them leave to plunder the houses 
of Tyson and Rajntnond in St. Jago, which flushed them to plunder 
more, even any that they could pretend had any correspondence 
with those men ; and yet after all this, and all the fair words that 
were given them, it was as much as the General and their Officers 
could do to keep them from mutinying and to get them to return 
to their precincts. 

Tyson and Raymond were shot on August 3, 1660, 
tradition says, under the large tamarind tree which still 
stands in Spanish Town, in Mulberry Garden, now used 
as a poor-house. August 2 is the date usually given, but 
Beeston's account makes it clear that they were shot on 
" the next morning," i.e. the 3rd. 

Leshe, without giving the source of his information, adds, 
" Raymond expressed no concern, but died with a haughty 
kind of Resolution. Tyson behaved in a manner more 
becoming, and seemed penitent for the part he had acted." 
We learn from the " Calendar of State Papers," that in 


May 1660 an Order in Council was made " To permit Mary 
Tyson to repair to her husband, Lieut.-Col. Edward Tyson, 
in Jamaica, in the ship Bear, now bound thither, with 
accommodation for two maid-servants and one man- 
servant." Her arrival must have been a sad one. She 
found her gallant but misguided husband laid in a rebel's 

Long says that Raymond was probably encom-aged in 
his attempt by the knowledge that Doyley was not armed 
with any express commission or power to punish such 
offence capitally ; and Gardner, thus fortified, says that 
Doyley's action was illegal. But Beeston tells us that 
" the government was only by coiu't-martial," and this 
surely implied the right to shoot a rebel. The news of the 
Restoration reached Jamaica twelve days after the affair, 
but Doyley did not receive his commission to act as a con- 
stitutional governor until February 8, 1661. 

Leslie makes the outbreak a CavaUer and Roim.dhead 
affair, and Bridges and Hill concm? in that view. Gardner, 
following Beeston, thinks it was mainly due to a desire for 
a simple civil hfe. Long says, " Raymond's object, it has 
been supposed, was to seize the Government himself ; but 
the real design is not certainly known." In contradis- 
tinction to Beeston, Long teUs us that Doyley was " a 
steady advocate for pursuing the cultivation of the island, 
to which most of the private men were disincUned." 

The outbreak was probably just as much due to a desire 
for a more civil form of government than that favoured by 
Doyley as to any feehng of loyalty to the Stuarts ; and the 
fact that Doyley felt compelled to take precautions for his 
personal safety in case of defeat may have been dictated 
as much by fear of the soldiers' dislike for him as a martinet, 
as of the antipathy of the Roundhead portion of them to 
him as a cavaher. 

Of the ecclesiastical buildings at St. Jago de la Vega 
trustworthy records exist only of an abbey, and a chapel 
of the red cross and a chapel of the white cross. The 
present Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the British 
colonies, stands on the site of the red cross chapel. The 



bases of two piers (Long calls them columns) 8 feet square, 
part of the entrance to the abbey (which stood to the south 
of the present parade), were, in Long's time, standing near 
the south end of the pubhc offices. They were of brickwork, 
strongly cemented. He says : "I have seen in this town 
a great many large stone mouldings for the bases and 
other parts of columns, which, as well as the sculptures 
dug out of the ruins of Sevilla Nueva, in St. Ann's, appeared 
to have been executed by no mean artist. The Spanish 

"",1'. ' •• 


ecclesiastics . . . must be allowed some merit in having 
cultivated the elegances of architecture in these remote 
parts of the world. Some of their pubhc structures at 
St. Domingo, the Havannah, La Vera Cruz, Carthagena, 
Panama, &c., would make a noble figure even in European 
cities." Unfortunately it would seem that, judging from 
his comments on buildings still standing, art criticism was 
not one of Long's strong points. 

The original chmrch, erected by the English, probably 
on the foundations and of the materials of the Spanish 


building, as the parish chiirch of St. Catherine, was thrown 
down by the hurricane of 1712, and was rebuilt of red brick 
in 1714, as is stated on a tablet over the entrance door in 
the tower at the west end : 

D. O. M. 
This Church Dedicated to ye Service of Almighty God was thrown 
downe by ye dreadfull Hurricane of August ye 28th Anno Domini 
MDCCxn., and was by ye Divine Assistance, through ye Kety and 
at ye expence of ye Parishioners, more beautifully and substantially 
rebuilt upon its old foundation in ye thirteenth year of ye Keigne 
of our most gracious Sovereigne Queen Ann and in ye Government 
of his Excellency the Lord Archibald Hamilton, in the year of our 
Lord MDCcsiv, 

Matthew Gregory, Esqr- 

& Church Wardens. 

Mr. Beaument Pestell. 

Below this on another marble slab is the following 
inscription : 

This tower was erected. 

And the above Tablet removed from the inner Wall 

In the year MDCCcxvn. 

His Grace the Duke of Manchester Governor. 

John Lunan, Francis Smith, Churchwardens. 

When Long pubhshed his History in 1774, the church 
being without a tower, the congregation was " summoned 
by a small beU hung in a wooden frame erected in the 

Hakewill (1821), one of the few artists who have ever 
seen the cathedral, calls it "an ancient brick structure 
of no exterior beauty." In Roby's time (1831) the walls 
were wainscoted, and the roof was coved and ornamented 
with circles, ovals, and lozenges. In 1843 the letters 
patent creating Aubrey George Spencer second bishop 
of Jamaica, created the parish church of St. Catherine 
the cathedral of the diocese. The chancel was restored 
and extended in 1853. A chapter was formed in 1899. 

The church, which had fallen into disrepair, was restored 
in 1901, as is duly recorded on the tower, "in commemora- 
tion of the glorious reign of her most gracious Majesty 
Queen Victoria, 1837-1901." Considerable damage was 


wrought by the earthquake of 1907, and a further restora- 
tion was completed during the year 1908. 

On state occasions, such as the burial of the governor, 
the House of Assembly was wont to attend in a body ; 
and the church was, from the taking of the island tUl the 
removal of the capital to Kingston in 1866, iatimately 
associated with all the important events in the island's 
history, being near both to the House of Assembly and the 
governor's residence. Nearly all its celebrated personages 
were at some time or another within its walls, and many, of 
them are bvu^ied within its precincts. 

Of its monuments the most important are those to the 
Earl and Coimtess of Effingham (d. 1791) ; the wife of 
Sir Adam Williamson (d. 1794) ; and Dr. Brodbelt (d. 1795), 
aU by Bacon ; Sir BasU Keith (d. 1777), by J. Wilton, R.A. ; 
the Countess of Elgin (d. 1842), by Sir John SteeU ; Colonel 
John Colbeck (d. 1682), who came out with Penn and 
Venables ; William Nedham (d. 1746), foiu- times elected 
speaker of the Assembly ; WiUiam Selwyn (d. 1702), 
governor ; Henry Cunningham (d. 1735-6), governor ; 
Sir Thomas Modyford (d. 1679), governor ; Elizabeth 
Modyford (d. 1694), wife successively of Samuel Barry and 
Sir Nicholas Lawes ; Sir Thomas Lynch (d. 1684), governor ; 
Samuel Long (d. 1683), the patriot who, with William 
Beeston, succeeded in maintaining the privileges of the 
island as against the restrictions attempted to be imposed 
by the Earl of CarHsle, acting on instructions from home ; 
Peter Beckford (d. 1710), Heutenant-governor ; Major- 
General James Bannister (d. 1674), at one time governor 
of Surinam. 

When Sir WilUam Trelawny died, the Assembly expended 
1000 guineas on his funeral, but no monument or slab 
marks his last resting-place. Other governors who have 
died in the island and are without a monument are, the 
Duke of Albemarle, the Duke of Portland, Sir Nicholas 
Lawes, General Hunter and General Haldane ; the bodies 
of the two first-named (as was that of Sir Basil Keith) 
were sent across the Atlantic for interment ; but portions 
of Albemarle's body were bxu'ied under the altar, Lichiquin 


•was buried in the churoli, but there was no memorial of 
him until the present Lord Inchiquin erected a brass tablet 
in 1912. 

The earliest monument is that to Catherine, wife of Sir 
Charles Lyttelton (January 1662). 

The following plate is in the Cathedral : 

Flagon : The Rev. John Lindsay, D.D., Rector ; Samuel Howell, 

James Trowers, Esq., Churchwardens. From the old plate 

of St. Catherine, Jamaica, 1685. Refashioned 1777. Maker's 

name S. W., like that of the maker of a pair of Candlesticks 

of the year 1759 in Trinity College, Oxford (recorded by 

2 Patens: On each — ^The Gift of Susannah Butler, widow, of 

St. Catherine, Jamaica, 1702. Refashioned 1777. Maker's 

name S. W. 
2 Patens (Small), with foot. The gift of Mrs. Jane Spencer to 

the Altar of St. Catherine, Jamaica. Refashioned 1777. 

Maker's name S. W. 
2 Chauces : On each — ^The gift of Mrs. Jane Spencer to the Altar 

of St. Catherine, Jamaica. Refashioned 1777. 
Flagon and 2 Cups aND 2 Patens : With the year mark 1789. 

Maker's name, W. P. 
1 Flagon, 2 Chaxicbs and 2 Patens : On each — Presented by 

Sarah Cole to Trinity Chapel, St. Catherine's, Jamaica. 

Christmas, a.d. 1851. 
Paten (Small) : The gift of Wm. G. Macfarlane, in memory of his 

sister, Elizabeth E. Jackson, bom October 8th, 1819, died 

Dec. 5th, 1854. 
Strainer Spoon : Year mark 1855. Maker's name G. A. 

It is to be regretted that the old plate of 1685 was re- 
fashioned in 1777. 

The church at Spanish Town is the oldest foundation in 
the colony, dating from the year of the British occupation, 
1655 ; the next oldest being St. Andrew (Halfway-Tree), 
dating from 1666, the AUey, 1671, and St. John's Guanaboa 
Vale, which dates from 1699. 

The Baptismal and Marriage registers date from 1668 : 
the Burial from 1671. 

It is interesting to note that one of the earliest bequests 
recorded in the island was that of Edward Morgan of 
July 14, 1674, of "his house for a parsonage house " in 
St. Jago de la Vega. 


In April 1677, the Assembly gave "Thanks to Mr. 
Howser for his sermon ; to be desired to say prayers in 
the House every morning between six and seven o'clock, 
who answered that he would give his attendance at that 
time. Every member not attending prayers to be fuied 15d." 

In the following year the Assembly requested Mr. Howser 
" to say prayers every morning between 6 and 7 o'clock." 

The following is a list of the rectors. Since 1899 they 
have been ex officio senior canons of the cathedral. 

1664-1683— Rev. Henry Howser (d. Deo. 29, 1683). 

1683-1700— Rev. Philip Bennett (d. Sept. 5, 1707). 

1700-1702 — ^E,ev. James Cunningham, 

1702-1703-4— Rev. William Alsop (d. Jan. 10, 1703-4). 

1704-1720— Richard Tabor (d. April 6, 1720). 

1720-1 734r-Rev. John Scott (d. Nov. 22, 1734). 

1735-1748— Rev. Calvin Galpine (d. Aug. 20, 1748). 

1748-1764— Rev. John "Venn, B.A. (d. April 6, 1764). 

1764^1773— Rev. Samuel Griffiths, A.M. 

1773-1788— Rev. John Lindsay, D.D. (d. Nov. 3, 1788). 

1789-1791— Rev. Alexander Cumine, D.D. (d. July 18, 1791). 

1791-1808— Rev. Robert Stanton Woodham, M.A. 

1808-1813— Rev. Isaac Mann. 

1814-1822— Rev. William Vaughan Hamilton. 

1823-1843— Rev. Lewis Bowerbank, A.M. 

1843-1857— -Rev. Samuel Paynter Musson, D.D. 

1857-1864— Rev. G. J. Handfield, M.A. 

1864-1868— Rev. Joseph Williams. 

1869-1875— Rev. P. S. Bradshaw, LL.D. 

1876-1891— Rev. Charles Frederick Douet, A.M. (afterwards 

Assistant Bishop). 
1892-1900— Rev. Canon Edward Jocelyn Wortley. 
1901-1904 — ^Rev. Canon Reginald John Ripley. 
1904-1908— Rev. Canon John Walton Austin. 
1909- — ^Rev. Canon Samuel Purcell Hendrick, M.A. 

Tabor is referred to in " The Groans of Jamaica." 
Of the Rev. John Venn, Bryan Edwards wrote an epitaph 
beginning : 

Beneath this stone lies plain John Venn, 
Neither the best, nor the worst of men ; 

and ending ; 

To sum in short — yet speak in full — 

Our plain John Venn was blunt John Bull. 


Lindsay was ordained in December 1753 in Conduit 
Street Chapel, Hanover Square, London ; he was presented 
to the rectory of St. Thomas-ye-Vale, Jamaica, in 1768, 
and was made rector of St. Catherine in 1773 ; and he was 
made D.D. by the University of Edinburgh in the same 
year. He officiated at Spanish Town tiU his death in 1788. 
The sermon which he preached at the funeral of Sir Basil 
Keith, the governor, in 1777, was published. In 1770 he 
petitioned the House of Assembly to assist him in publishing 
his collection of " drawings of the most curious and beau- 
tiful plants, trees, fruits, birds, insects, fishes," but received 
but cold comfort — ^the House resolving that the drawings 
" wUl merit the attention of the curious in natural history." 
In 1781 and 1783 he published in " The Gentleman's Maga- 
zine," " An Examination of the Hypothetical Doctrine of 
Waterspouts, in Opposition to the Ingenious Speculations 
of Dr. B. FrankHn, of Philadelphia, F.R.S.," which was 
reprinted in " The Journal of the Institute of Jamaica," for 
December 1897. It is curious that one of his illustrations 
represents the church of St. Catherine with a tower and 
spire, for it had not even a tower in 1781. In the Bristol 
Museum are four volumes of coloured drawings of Jamaica 
plants and animals made by Lindsay from 1758 to 1771, 
many of them accompanied by descriptive matter. 

The Rev. Robert Stanton Woodham was rector in 
Nugent's time, and is frequently mentioned in Lady 
Nugent's Journal. She appears to have formed no very 
high opinion of the clergy of the island. 

Dr. Musson, who died in 1857, is the only rector whose 
resting-place is recorded in the church. 

Dr. C. F. Douet was for many years assistant bishop of 
the diocese — 1888-1904. He died in England in 1905. 
The stained glass window was erected to his memory in 
1914, at the same time as the Children's window over the 
north door. 

After the Rodney memorial, the monument in the 
cathedral, Spanish Town, erected to the memory of the 
Earl of Effingham, governor of Jamaica, and his 
countess, is the most important and the most beautiful 


work by Bacon in Jamaica. It is of marble, and bears the 
legend " J. Bacon, sculptor, London, 1796." 

On a base stands an urn, decorated with festoons of 
flowers, and bearing, under an earl's coronet, the arms of 
Effingham : Quarterly, 1st gules on a bend between six 
cross crosslets fitchee argent, an escutcheon or, bearing a 
demi-Hon rampant pierced through the mouth with an 
arrow within a double tressure flory counterflory of the 
first. 2nd gules three hons passant guardant in pale or 
(England) with a label of three points. 3rd cheeky, or and 
aziu'e. 4th gules a Uon rampant argent. In fess point of 
the shield a mullet for difference. Supporters two hons 
rampant. Motto, Virtus mille scuta. Above the urn, 
hanging on an obehsk which rises from the base of the 
monument, are represented the Chancellor's seal, the mace 
and sword in saltire, and the usual emblematic scales. 

On one side of the monument, clasping the urn, is an 
elegant female figure personifying Jamaica, bearing the 
crest of the colony, an alligator passant proper, on her zone. 
On the other side is a lovely boy, his left hand holding an 
ohve branch, resting on a cornucopia full of tropical fruits, 
and his right hand upon a shield bearing the arms of 
Jamaica as granted by Charles II, viz,: Argent on a cross 
gules five pineapples proper. Dexter supporter an Indian 
female, in her exterior hand a basket of fruit. Sinister, an 
Indian warrior, in his exterior hand a bow, both plumed, 
all proper. Crest, an aUigator. Motto, Indus uterque 
serviet uni. The epitaph, written by Bryan Edwards, the 
historian of the West Indies, and then member of Assembly 
for Trelawny, is as foUows : 

To THE Memory op 

Thomas Eabl of Effingham Baeon Howard, Captain General 
AND Chief Governor of this Island in the Years 1790 and 
1791, and of Catherine his wife. The latter departed this 
life on the Thirteenth day of October, 1791, in a voyage 
undertaken for the benefit of her health, in His Majesty's 
SHIP Diana : the former on the 19th of the following month, 
the third week after the melancholy return of the Diana 







to perpetuate the remembrance op so illustrious a 
pattern oe conjugal aitection, to manifest the public sense 
op the many public and private virtues of their respected 
Governor, and to record for the benefit of posterity the 
clearness of that sagacity, the extent of that knowledge, 


with funeral honours at the public expense, the. whole 
House attending each procession as mourners, as a further 
testimony of merited esteem, inscribe this monument. 

By an Act passed in 1789, burying in churches had been 
recently prohibited, and a penalty of £500 imposed on any 
rector permitting such burial ; but two bills, dispensing 
with that Act and indemnifying the Rev. Robert Stanton 
Woodham, the then lately appointed rector of St. Catherine, 
from its penalties in the special cases of the Earl and Countess 
were introduced in the Assembly by Bryan Edwards and 
passed unanimously. 

On November 19 the House " resolved, nent. con., in order 
to testify the grateful respect which this House entertain of 
his late Excellency's merit and virtues, his firm and indepen- 
dent conduct, and the sense they have of the great and imiver- 
sal satisfaction which his mild and equitable administration. 
In every department, gave to all ranks of people, and the 
regret which they feel at his loss, that the funeral of the late 
Earl of Effingham be conducted at the pubhc expense " ; 
and on December 7, 1791, the Assembly voted £500 sterUng 
toward this monument. The monument, together with 
the two funerals, which were attended by the members of 
the Assembly, cost the island £8700. 

The Rev. Thomas Warren, rector of St. Ehzabeth, and 
domestic chaplain to the governor — ^the same Thomas 
Warren who ten years later disgusted Lady Nugent by his 
toadyism while conducting the service at Black River— 


preached the funeral sermons, which are given in the 
"Columbian Magazine or Monthly Miscellany " published 
in Kingston in June 1797. 

The Earl and Countess of EfSngham arrived at Port 
Royal on March 17, 1790, in the ship Catherine Countess of 
Effingham. During his short period of governorship the 
condition of Jamaica was the cause of some anxiety owing to 
the nearness of the republican movement in San Domingo ; 
so much so, that during the Christmas holidays of 1791 two 
ships of war patrolled round the island. The National 
Assembly of France passed a decree of thanks to the King 
of Great Britain, to the Enghsh nation, and to Lord 
Effingham, governor of Jamaica, for his generous conduct 
in reHeving the planters of St. Domingo from the horrors 
of famine, and in furnishing them with arms and military 
stores against the rebel negroes. It was during Effingham's 
governorship that the bread-fruit and other trees were 
imported from the south seas, and a collection of Jamaica 
plants was sent home to Kew Gardens. 

The House of Assembly addressed the governor on the 
subject of proposed additional duties by England on sugar 
and rum, but to their representations the governor made a 
diplomatic reply. 

The Earl's mother was daughter of Peter Becktord, 
speaker of the Assembly, and sister to the celebrated lord 
mayor of London. His wife, whom he married in 1765, 
was the daughter of Metcalfe Proctor, of Thorpe, near 
Leeds. They had no children. 

Next to the Effingham monument that to the Countess 
of Elgin is the most interesting from an art point of view. 

In April 1841, Elizabeth Mary, the twenty- year-old 
daughter of Charles Lennox Gumming Bruce, was married 
to Lord Bruce, the son of the earl of " Elgin Marbles " 
fame. He had the year before become heir to the earldom 
through the death of his elder half-brother ; and in the July 
following he was elected member of Parhament for South- 
ampton, and succeeded to the title in the November of the 
same year (1841), becoming a peer of Scotland without a 
seat in the House of Lords. In the April of the following 


year he was made governor of Jamaica at the early age of 
thirty-one years, and there served his apprenticeship to 
his greater work as governor-general of Canada and 
viceroy of India. He experienced a period of depression, 
owing to the effects of emancipation, and of storms and 
floods ; but in spite of difficulties he endeavoured, not 
without success, to improve the social conditions and 
develop the industrial resources of the island. The Royal 
Agricultural Society of Jamaica (later merged into the 
Royal Society of Ai'ts and Agriculture of Jamaica) and 
several parochial agricultural associations were established 
by him ; the first batch of coohes arrived from India in 
1845, and the railway was opened for traffic in the same 

On the death of the countess within less than a twelve- 
month of her landing, and after a Httle more than two years 
of married hfe, the House of Assembly voted three hundred 
guineas for a monument to be erected in the cathedral at 
Spanish Town. It was carved by Sir John Steell, and is 
inscribed on the back " Jn. Steell, Sculptor, Edinr., 1849." 
He is best known for his statues in Edinburgh of Sir Walter 
Scott and the Prince Consort, and for his colossal statue of 
Bums in New York. The first-named is said to have been 
the first marble statue commissioned in Scotland from a 
native artist ; the second secured him his knighthood. 
Steell in early hfe patriotically dechned Chantrey's flatter- 
ing offer to remove from Edinburgh to London, in order 
that he might devote himself to the improvement of the 
art of his native country. 

His busts are said to be distinguished by great dignity 
and refinement. These characteristics are evident in his 
posthumous portrait of Lady Elgin. 

The following is the inscription on the monument : 

In mbmoey of 

Elizabeth Maey, Countess of Elgin and Kincabdine, only 
CHILD OF Chaeles Lbnnox Cumming Beucb, Esqk., of Roseisle 


Counties of Elgin and Nairn, and of Mary Elizabeth Bruce, 
granddaughter and representative of the distinguisheli 


Traveller is Abyssinia. Born on the 13th April, 1821, she 
WAS married on the 22nd April, 1841, and having accom- 
panied HER Husband, His Excellency James Earl oi' Elgin 
AND Kincardine, to Jamaica, in April, 1842, she died at 
Craigton, in the Parish oe St. Andrew's, on the 7th June, 
1843: Resting with assured faith on the love of her 
Redeemer, amidst the unspeakable sorrow op her relatives 
and friends, and the deep lament of the community that 


monument was erected by the legislature of the colony 
not as a cold tribute of respect due to exalted rank, but 
to mark the public regret, for distinguished worth and 
talent, so early lost to her country and her family. 
" Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." 

Craigton, used as a mountain residence by the Earl of 
Elgin, is in the Blue Mountains, by the fourteenth milestone 
on the driving road to Newcastle. 

The following passage from Professor Wrong's " Earl of 
Elgin " tells in a few words the sad cause of Lady Elgin's 
death : 

In April 1842 Lord Elgin left England for Jamaica. On the 
way he experienced the dramatic and, for him, tragic consequences 
of shipwreck ; the steamer struck on the coral reefs surrounding 
Turk's Island, one of the Bahamas, and became a total wreck. 
No lives were lost, but Lady Elgin received a shock from which 
she never recovered. When, in the following summer, she died in 
Jamaica, Lord Elgin was so prostrated by grief that his recovery 
seemed doubtful. He was left with one infant daughter. From 
utter loneliness the society of his own kindred saved him ; with 
him were his sister Charlotte, afterwards Lady Charlotte Locker, 
and his brother Robert, the latter as his Secretary. Though living 
chiefly at the country house, Craighton (sic), in the Blue Mountains, 
he did not neglect holding at Spanish Town, then the capital of 
Jamaica, the receptions and entertainments which must be a heavy 
burden upon the time and patience of those in high official position. 
The life was sufficiently monotonous, and after three years he 
longed for more active employment. 

The immediate cause of Lady Elgin's death was the birth 
of an infant daughter, who only hved a few hours. Her 
only surviving child, Elma, married Baron Thiu'low. 

With regard to the actual spot where the body is interred, 
we read in the " Morning Journal " of June 1843 : 


His Honour, the Chief Justice, the Gustos, and several other 
officials, then proceeded to the selection of a proper place for the 
sepulture of her Ladyship. The spot they selected was immediately 
below the Communion Table, m the Cathedral, and in which the 
remains of the Earl and Countess of Effingham were interred in 
1791. The excavation took place under the superintendence of 
His Honor the Gustos, assisted by Mr. Churchwarden M'AnUff ; 
and about five o'clock on Thursday morning the vaulting and 
arches were complete. 

The funeral was attended by all the high officials, civil, 
naval and mihtary, and by the members of the House 
of Assembly. 

Though the present House of Assembly probably only 
dates from about the same period as Kng's House (1762) 
or a little later, the Assembly alvpays met (with a slight 
diversion, in favour of Kingston, under Admiral Knowles 
in 1755) in Spanish Town, and the old capital was thus 
associated with the story of the long series of struggles 
which took place between the people's representatives and 
the Crown. 

In 1702 the Assembly met at the Queen's House and at 
the Court House. In his speech to the Assembly on 
September 5, 1706, Handasyd said, " That the pubhc build- 
ing, I mean the Assembly House, being ready to fall, I 
don't doubt but you will give orders for the rebuilding of 
the same." 

In 1728 the Duchess of Portland, widow of the late 
Governor, gave a portrait of George I to the Assembly. 
It was hung over the speaker's chair. One wonders where 
it now is. 

■ One of the most dramatic incidents which ever happened 
during a session of the Assembly is that which caused the 
death of Peter Beckford, a former lieutenant-governor of 
the colony, the president of the Council, and the first 
custos of Kingston. 

The incident is thus described by Bridges : 

During a warm debate in the Assembly on June 8, 1711, on. 
the right of adjournment for a longer period than de die in diem, 
Peter Beckford, the Speaker (son of the President), repeatedly 
called to order ; and was at length compelled to enforce it by 


adjournment. But irritation had gone so far that, when he rose 
to quit the chair, the Members drew their swords and held him 
there, while the obnoxious questions in debate were put and 
carried. The doors were barred ; the uproar was alarming ; and 
the Speaker's father heard the disturbance in the Council Chamber. 
He recognised the voice of his son crying aloud for help, and rushed 
into the Governor's apartment. Sir Thomas Handasydei seized 
his sword, ordered the sentinels to follow him, forced the door 
of the Court House, and dissolved the Assembly in the Queen's 
name. But the fray was fatal to the elder Beckford ; in his 
agitation his foot slipped, and he was precipitated down the stair- 
case, and the efiects of terror were deadly to his aged frame. 

From this account we incidentally learn that the 
Assembly then had no House of its own and met in the 
court house, which probably stood where the present 
court house stands, at the south side of the square ; the 
House of Assembly being on the east side, the King's 
House on the west, and Rodney's memorial on the north. 
In 1679 the church was first used as a House of Assembly, 
and was so used occasionally, as well as the court house, 
till its destruction by hurricane in 1712. 

In " A View of the Proceedings of the Assembhes of 
Jamaica for some years past," pubHshed in London in 1716, 
occurs a letter dated from Kingston, December 4, 1715, 
which begins, " The Grand Court is Sitting, as also the 
Assembly (who as former Assemblies have done in Court 
time) Sit in the Great Church [at Spanish Town] . . ." 

The speaker alluded to above, Peter Beckford, held that 
office no less than four times. He will ever be remembered, 
in Spanish Town at all events, as the founder of Beckford 
and Smith's School. 

Space will not permit of any detailed reference to the 
continual struggles which took place between the Assembly 
and the Governor in Council, or the Assembly and the 
Crown, for in some cases the Assembly found governors 
who from the larger knowledge gained by local experience 
were in sympathy with many of their claims for equitable 
treatment. But we may perhaps for a moment try to 
picture to ourselves the scene at the opening of an assembly 
a hundred years ago. There were then forty -three members 
representing twenty constituencies or parishes. Of these 


all but a few came from outside Spanish Town, and had per- 
force to find temporary homes for themselves, their servants, 
and their horses : and the old capital must have offered a 
gay appearance. If the member for noble St. James did 
not drive his own horses it must have cost him some £8 
to £10 to post. 

It is true that Feurtado mentions ten lodging-houses 
and six hotels or taverns as existing at the time of the 
removal of the Government from Spanish Town to Eangston 
in 1870 ; but it is somewhat curious that, though travellers 
and historians have recorded the names of some ten or 
twelve taverns throughout the colony in the eighteenth 
century, no mention is made of any such institution of 
importance in the old capital. 

In 1812 the Ueutenant-governor was Lieutenant-General 
Edward Morrison. His secretary was William Bullock, 
who later, under the Duke of Manchester, became a great 
pluraUst and wielded much power. The speaker of the 
Assembly was James Lewis, who represented St. Catherine. 
John Jacques, the mayor, was one of Kingston's three 
representatives. St. Andrew sent as one member a James 
Stewart, Trelawny sent another James Stewart, and 
Westmoreland a third — ^which suggests numerous pitfalls 
for the unwary student of genealogy — while a fourth 
Stewart, John by name, sat for St. Ann. John Shand, the 
custos of St. Catherine, represented St. John. One of Vere's 
members was J. P. Edwards, while Robert AUwood came 
up from St. Ehzabeth. Hanover was represented by a 
Scarlett. Portland sent two Minots. The wealthy and 
powerful Simon Taylor represented St. Thomas-in-the- 
East, where most of his property lay. 

The officers of the Assembly were : Clerk, F. Smith ; 
Serjeant-at-arms and Librarian, John Clement ; Chaplain, 
Isaac Mann (rector of St. Catherine) ; Printer, A. Aikman ; 
and Doorkeeper, J. Wintle. 

The president of the Council, which was not infrequently 
recruited from the Assembly, was John Lewis, the chief 
justice, a relative of the weU-known " Monk " Lewis ; and 
other members (twelve in aU) bore the well-known Jamaica 

king's house 


•- ••i^' 








names of Broadbelt, Ross, Piimock, Cuthbert, Scarlett, 
Nembhardt and Jackson. Its chaplain was the Rev. 
John Campbell (rector of St. Andrew). Its Ubrarian was 
Alexander Dallas, a relation of the author of the " History 
of the Maroons." The Assembly opened daily with 

Until 1842, when a new judicature law, which trans- 
ferred to a vice-chancellor the authority of chancellor, 
came into force, the governor for the time being was 
ex-officio chancellor of the island, and sat in a Chancellor's 
Court which was held in the Egyptian haU of King's 

At its first session the House was wont to go over " in 
grand procession " — ^the speaker preceded by the mace- 
bearer with the mace — ^to King's House at 4 p.m. to hear 
the governor read his speech. They then returned and 
deliberated on the speech, to which they sent a reply. They 
formally elected a speaker. He was wont to plead his 
unworthiness but allowed himself to be over-persuaded, 
and the governor gave his approval. After the passing 
of many compUments the pendulum not infrequently 
swung round to the point of contention and bickering, but 
many of the Assembly honestly did their best in legislating 
for the well-being of the colony. To do honom: to Sir Henry 
Barkly the Assembly turned their hall into a ball-room, 
each member subscribing £10 toward the cost of the enter- 

In 1853 the House committed to jail, where he was kept 
for upwards of twenty -four hours, one of the judges of the 
supreme court, William Stevenson (afterwards governor 
of Mauritius), for an alleged breach of privilege in writing 
a letter to the public press, in which he accused them of 
violating pubUc faith and confiscating the property of 
pubhc men. 

An English merchant describing Jamaica in 1726 says, 
" Nor is the keeping of a coach and six any more credit than 
keeping a horse in England, it is so common in the lowlands 
where the roads will admit " ; and, even within the memory 
of those Hving, members of the Council and Assembly were 


wont to drive into Spanish Town in style. The late Mr. 
Judah, in " Old St. Jago " (1894), says : 

We come to so late as 1848-49 when Sir Charles Grey Was 
Governor. He rode in a State Coach drawn by four horses, and 
had outriders as part of his equipage. Besides coachman and 
groom he had two footmen behind his coach holding, in their 
dignity, their straps in holders ; all in splendid livery. When the 
Honourable James Gayleard was President of the Council, he 
rode too in State Coach and pair, with coachman and groom on 
the box and a footman behind standing with strap and holder, all 
too in livery. Sir Joshua Rowe, Chief Justice, in his stately 
barouche with liveried servants. The Honourable William Church 
Macdougall driving in uniform with high-booted postilion. The 
Honourable Alexandre Bravo, always arriving in town on the 
iirst day of the meeting of the Council, of which he was a member, 
with four in hand, his wife and then young family inside, himself 
on the driving box with his son Alexandre, afterwards Major and 
Acting Governor in one of Her Majesty's Colonies in Africa, seated 
beside him ; while Mr. Moses Bravo followed with his wife, driving 
a gay and attractive tandem. " Old Saint Jago " has its traditions, 
and is full of memories of the old past and the greater days of 
Jamaica. A hundred of these memories as it were pass before my 
eyes, and I feel a real pleasure in recalling some of them, associated 
as they are with the days of my boyhood and my early manhood. 
I well remember the first day of the inauguration of a new Governor, 
attended at old King's House by all the heads of departments 
and highest oifioials of the colony. The Lieutenant-Governor, 
who was always then the Major-General commanding the Forces 
in this island, and his brilliant staff, the Admiral with his stafif, 
the Commodore on the station — the whole in full dress uniform. 
The Bishop with his mitre on, and his black silk gown with ample 
lawn sleeves. The three Archdeacons in their full college dress 
and honours. The Chief Justice and Puisne Judges in their purple 
robes. The Registrar in Chancery and Clerk of Patents, gowned 
in black silk and bearing on a scarlet velvet cushion the insignia in 
gold of Equity and of his office. The Clerk of the Crown and 
Supreme Court with parchment scroll surmounted by the British 
Crown in gold. The Military and Navy in full dress uniform. 
The foreign Consuls also in uniform — those of Spain, France, 
Austria, and the Mosquito territory being most conspicuous for 
their splendour. The three members of " the mixed Commission " 
(for the adjudication of cases arising out of the slave trade treaties) 
in their peculiar dress of white kerseymeres trimmed in silver, 
and their sUver-sheathed swords suspended in fine silver chains. 
The military band of music arriving from the barracks, at the 
head of the regiment, with standards flying and taking up their 
position in the present garden on the left hand opposite to the 


front of the King's House, During the administration of the' 
usual oaths to the new Governor the playing of the National 
Anthem, and this followed by a salvo of fourteen guns from two 
field pieces positioned in front of Rodney's statue, then on its 
original site, under the dome of the colonnade, at the north side 
of the public square. 

Then there was the opening day of the annual meeting of the 
Legislature, with almost the like pageantry and with the members 
of the Privy Council in Windsor uniform, and the members of the 
Legislative Council, attended by " Black Rod " in full Court dress 
with his chapeau bras. The entrance of the Governor into the 
Egyptian Hall of King's House, in full military dress as Captain- 
General and Commander-in-Chief, attended by his Secretary in 
Windsor uniform, an& his aide-de-camp in full military dress. The 
despatch of " Hack Rod " by the Governor, summoning the 
Assembly to attend him in the Council Chamber. The arrival of 
" Black Rod " at the bar of the Assembly Hall, delivering the 
message, and his retiring backways, making his obeisance three 
times to the Chair while retiring. The attendance of the Speaker 
and the whole House, headed by the Serjeant-at-Arms carrying, 
with head covered by his chapeau bras, the large gilt mace of the 
House, and with his ivory-hilted sword at side, while the band 
plays the grand and stately " God Save the Queen." These 
pageantries followed by a grand dinner at King's House to the 
Lieutenant-Governor and staff, Admiral and staff. Chief Justice, 
Bishop, and the high officials of the day. 

The mace mentioned above is now in the history gallery 
in the Institute of Jamaica. 

Tradition has it that the old house known as Eagle 
House, behind the Public Hospital in King street, Spanish 
Town, was the residence of William O'Brien, second earl 
of Inchiquin, who was governor of Jamaica in 1690 — 91-2. 
Its local name, from the remaining eagle that surmounts 
one of the gate-posts, is John Crow House ; John Crow 
being the popular designation of the vulture of Jamaica 
{Cathartes aura). 

A discussion on the subject of this house took place in the 
" Gleaner " newspaper during August and September 1911, 
with the result that, though some hght was thrown on the 
subject, nothing was settled for certain. Mr. G. F. Judah, 
whose antiquarian knowledge of Jamaica was unequalled, 
informed us that his father told him that when he first 
visited the house as a boy in 1808-9 both eagles were in situi 


but that when he went to reside in Spanish Town in 
1830-31 only one remained ; and further that tradition 
said that it had once been the residence of Sir James de 
Castillo, the agent of the Assiento Company. 

Mr. Judah seemed to think that " Eagle House " is 
identical with the " Fort House," which he told us was 
granted first in 1662 to Sir Charles Lyttelton, deputy 
governor to Lord Windsor, being the first of the records of 
Patents in the island, and dating only seven years after 
the British occupation. Ljrttelton sold it to Charles 
Brayne, who sold it to Sir Thomas Modyford. Modyford's 
nephew succeeded to the baronetcy and his executors sold 
the " Fort House " in 1715 to John Stewart, president of 
the Council, who had the title to the house confirmed by a 
special act of the Legislature in 1733. From an act 
which was passed in 1736 it appears that the Fort House 
bounded north-east on a street between a storehouse 
belongingjto John Stewart Esquire and the dweUing-house 
formerly belonging to Arnold Brown, Esquire, deceased, 
to the Parade; south-east on land belong to William 
Careless, Esquire, deceased ; south-west on the town 
Savanna ; and north-west on the land lately belonging to 
Ursula Hunt, widow, deceased, by indenture. 

It was conveyed to Thomas Brayne, descended to hia 
daughter, Mary Ehzabeth, wife of Alexander Henderson. 
They conveyed it to Walter Thomas, and he and his wife 
conveyed it to John Stewart. Stewart sold it to Robert 
Delap (nephew of Francis Delap, provost marshal), and 
the place subsequently fell into the hands of Bogle & Co., 
of which firm Michael Scott, the well-known author of 
" Tom Cringle's Log," was a member. It then passed 
successively into the possession of Alexander Young, 
WiUiam Taylor and Robert Nichol. Mr. Oscar Plummer, 
quoting from manuscripts in his possession, of which 
however he gave no details, said that various personages — 
Robert Russell, Andrew Gregory Johnson, and Richard 
Hill — in the earlier part of the nineteenth century, gave 
credence to the legend that Eagle House was the residence 
of the Earl of Inchiquin, and that some of them alluded 


to Eagle House as the Moat House. In this case, although 
there is no proof, it is quite likely that the legend that 
Inchiquin inhabited it is true ; but it is not likely that 
much of the old fabric remains, though the present house 
is of considerable antiquity. There is nothing in all this 
to aid in the identification of Eagle House with the residence 
of Lord Inchiquin ; but as the rent for the house he occupied 
was paid to Samuel Bernard, the chief justice, it was 
probably not identical with Fort House, which, as we have 
seen, belonged to the Modyfords. 

The early hfe of the Earl of Inchiquin was spent with his 
father in foreign mihtary service, during which he lost an 
eye and suffered imprisonment in Algiers. In 1764 he was 
appointed captain-general of the King's forces in Africa, 
and governor and vice-admiral of the royal citadel of 
Tangier, ceded by the Portuguese to Britain as part of the 
marriage portion of Catherine of Braganza. He held the 
post for six years. 

Inchiquin welcomed the Prince of Orange in 1688, and in 
the following year he and his son were attainted by the 
Irish Parhament of James II, and their estates were 
sequestrated. He appealed to arms, but was defeated and 
fled to England. 

After the Revolution he was appointed governor of 
Jamaica. On going to take up office he was allowed £500 
in lieu of fifty tons of baggage, and also passage and victuals 
for seventy-five menial servants. It is interesting to note 
that on his journey he drew half-pay salary {i.e. at the rate 
of £1000 a year). 

He, after escaping great dangers by sea and a mahgnant 
fever brought on board by the soldiers embarked at 
Plymouth, arrived at Jamaica, accompanied by Lady 
Inchiquin, on May 31, 1690, in H.M.S. Swan, " so bad a 
sailor that she is little better than nothing " — the same 
ship that was " forced over the tops of many houses " in 
the earthquake of two years later. Inchiquin was sworn 
in as governor on the same day. 

He met with considerable opposition from a portion of 
the Assembly, whose temper had been ruffled by Albemarle's 


arbitrary government, and whom he treated in a somewhat 
tactless manner. That, added to troubles arising from 
inctrrsions by French cruisers oh the seaside plantations — 
the result of the war — plunderings by the runaway slaves, 
the original maroons, and an outbreak of slaves in Clarendon, 
undermined his constitution. Nineteen months of worry 
were terminated by his death, on Saturday, January 16, 
1691-2, " after long indisposition through fever and plague 
which ended in a flux " ; he was buried that night in the 
parish church at St. Jago de la Vega. Until recently no 
monument marked the spot. A memorial brass has now, 
however, been erected in the cathedral by Lord Inchiquin 
with the following inscription : 

In Memory of 

William O'Brien, 2nd Earl op Inchiqitin 

Governor op Jamaica 

From 31st May, 1690, till 16th Januahy, 1691-2. 

When he died of fever at St. Jago de la Vega, 

and was bttried in this church 


In connection with his governorship of Tangier, Inchiquin 
has been described as "a well-meaning impulsive man, 
devoid of discretion," and this description seems equally 
appUcable to his Jamaica career. 

By his first wife, Lady Margaret Boyle, daughter of the 
first Earl of Orrery, he had three sons, of whom the third, 
James, was a member of the Council of Jamaica, Captain 
of Fort Charles, and chief of an expedition that destroyed 
French settlements in Hispaniola. 

James O'Brien returned to England at his father's 

For the first thirty-four years of British occupation, the 
governors of Jamaica hved partly at Spanish Town and 
partly at Port Royal. In 1675 the Assembly voted £500 
to be employed in buying the house Lord Vaughan lived in 
at Spanish Town " for the Governor's use for ever." 

On January 13, 1690, however, the President and Council 
passed an " Order for hiring a house in Port Royal and for 
provision for the reception of Lord Inchiquin." 


On Maroh 27, 1690, they passed an " Order for King's 
House to be made ready for Lord Inchiqmn," but the 
Order does not state whether Port Royal or St. Jago de la 
Vega was meant, probably the latter. 

On June 18 it was resolved that " Their Majesties' house 
at St. Jago de la Vega being extremely out of repair and 
almost ruinous so it is in no manner fit for the reception of 
His Excellency, it was decided by the Board if His Ex- 
cellency would be pleased to let it be ordered, and it is 
hereby ordered that the rent of the house where His 
Excellency now fives be paid out of their Majesties' revenue 
for the island till the other be so repaired or built, that it 
may be fit for his reception." 

On December 18, 1690, it was "ordered that £600 be 
allowed for building an addition to the King's House on 
Port Royal to be paid out of their Majesties' revenue for this 

On January 28, 1691-2, just after the death of Lord 
Inchiquin, the Council wrote home to the Lords of Trade 
and Plantations : " We beg that the Governor's residence 
may be fixed at St. Jago de la Vega, which is the most 
convenient place." 

At a Council meeting on March 15, 1691-2, it was ordered 
that £250 be paid to Samuel Bernard for " rent of the house 
the Earl of Inchiquin, late Governor, lived in at the Towne 
.of St. Jago de la Vega." 

On May 9, 1692, just after the earthquake, the Council 
made an " Order for agreement as to the goods belonging 
to the late Governor at King's House, for the accommoda- 
tion of the next Governor," and on June 24, they passed 
an " Order for material for rebuilding King's House." 
This presumably refers to St. Jago de la Vega. 

On July 8 of that year the Lords of Trade and Planta- 
tions at a meeting at which Beeston, who was then agent 
for Jamaica in England, and was soon to be appointed 
lieutenant-governor, was in attendance, resolved that the 
" King's House at St. Jago de la Vega should be sold, and 
the proceeds devoted to the purchase of another house "-^ 
at the very time that it was probably being rebuilt. 


On the Earl of Inchiquin's death, the Government bought 
of Lady Inchiquin for the use of the Government, goods to 
the value of £90. These included the " King and Queen's 
picture " valued at £20. Where is that picture now ? 

It is interesting to note that in the contemporary manu- 
script Council Minutes the name Inchiquin is always spelt 
phonetically Insiquin. 

Sir Hans Sloane studied botany, materia medica, and 
pharmacy, in England and France. It is said that, before 
consenting to accompany Albemarle, the newly appointed 
governor, to Jamaica in 1687, he consulted Sydenham on 
the subject, and that the father of EngUsh medicine told 
him that he had better drown himself in Rosamond's Pond, 
a sheet of water in St. James's Park, which was then a 
fashionable resort for intending suicides. He, however, 
decided to come. While in Jamaica he attended, in addi-, 
tion to the duke's " numerous family," many people pro- 
fessionally, including the whilom buccaneering governor, 
Morgan ; making in his reports very frank references to 
their mode of hfe. 

In fifteen months he collected 800 plants, most of which 
were new specimens ; of these he pubhshed, in 1696, his 
" Catalogus Plantarum." On April 16, 1691, Evelyn writes : 
" I went to see Dr. Sloane's curiosities, being a universal 
collection of the natural productions of Jamaica, consisting 
of plants, fruits, corals, minerals, stones, earth, shells, 
animals and insects, collected with great judgement ; 
several foUos of dried plants, and one which had about 
eighty several sorts of ferns and another of grasses ; the 
Jamaica pepper in branch, leaves, flower, fruit, &c. This 
collection, with his Journal, and other philosophical and 
natural discourses and observations, indeed very copious 
and extraordinary, sufficient to furnish a history of that 
island, to which I encouraged him." In 1707 and 1725 
Sloane issued two large volumes entitled, "A Voyage 
to the Islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves, St. Christopher 
and Jamaica, with the Natural History ... of the 
last of those Islands," with many engravings from. 


crayon drawings. The work was parodied by the clever 
but drunken Dr. William King, under the title " The Present 
State of Physic in the Island of Cajami." 

Sloane's wife, whom he married in 1695 and who died 
in 1724, was Elizabeth, daughter of Alderman Langley and 
widow of Ffulk Rose, of St. Catherine, who from 1675 to 
1693 represented first St. Thomas-in-the-Vale, and after- 
wards St. John, in the House of Assembly. 

Soon after the death of his patron, the Duke of Albemarle, 
Sloane returned to England. In 1693 he was secretary 
tO) the Royal Society, of which he edited the transactions 
for twenty years, contributing twenty-two papers. Of 
these one was an account of the earthquake of 1692 which 
destroyed Port Royal, already alluded to. Meantime he 
practised with great success as a physician. In 1716 he 
was created a baronet, being the first physician so honoured, 
and made physician-general to the army ; from 1719 to 
1736|he was president of the College of Physicians ; and 
in 1727 president of the Royal Society. He bequeathed 
his books, manuscripts, prints and curiosities (including 
his Jamaica collections) to the nation, on condition that 
£20,000 (or less than half of what they had cost him) was 
paid to his executors. The collection formed the basis of 
the British Museum. He gave to the Apothecaries Com- 
pany the freehold of the physic garden at Chelsea, and he 
assisted to start the Foundling Hospital. 

Tradition points to a house (now No. 14), in what has 
been known as Nugent Street, Spanish Town, for upwards 
of a. century, as the residence of Sloane. 

In a MS. scrap book called " The Omnibus, or Jamaica 
Scrap Book," in the West India Library of the Institute 
of Jamaica, dating from about 184D, there is an account 
of Sir Hans Sloane, wherein it states : " This celebrated 
naturaHst during his stay in Jamaica resided in the old 
Spanish fronted building which was till about the year 1828 
to be discerned in the lane at the back of the King's House 
in Spanish Town, and which about that period came by 
purchase into the hands of a tradesman, who, without 
aao-y respect to its former possessor, razed it to the ground 


and erected upon the site a blacksmith's shop and other 
tradesmen's offices, at which period some of his etchings, 
were discovered in a ruined outhouse." The present build- 
ing is of a type that has existed in the colony " from time." 

Previous to the building of a King's House, the governors 
of Jamaica apparently Uved in whatever house they chose. 
From the following entry in the Council Minutes of June 16, 
1684, it would appear that there were in 1683 two King's 
Houses, one at Port Royal and one at Spanish Town ; 
" Ordered that His Excellency's order shall be sufficient 
warrant for issuing money for the fortifications, repair of 
the King's Houses, &c., according to the Act of this 
country " ; and this is confirmed by the accounts of the 
Receiver-General for 1684r-85, which contains references 
to the " King's House at Town " [Spanish Town] and the 
King's House at Port Royal. In July 1689 it was re- 
ported that in the Duke of Albemarle's time (December 
1687 to October 1688) the King's House at Port Royal 
had been appointed for a Popish priest, Thomas Churchill, 
to say Mass in. 

In June 1689 Colonel Hender Molesworth, who did not 
live to take up his position as governor for a second term 
of office, suggested, in his proposals as to the government 
of Jamaica, that " it would be well to sell the old King's 
House [presumably at Port Royal], and build a new one at 
Spanish Town " ; but in January 1690 it was ordered, 
as we have seen, that a house should be built in Port 
Royal, and provision made for the reception of Lord 
Inchiquin. There was, however, a King's House at 
Spanish Town in Beeston's time. On July 8, 1692, it was 
decided by the Lords of Trade and Plantations that " the 
" King's House at St. Jago de la Vega should be sold, 
and the proceeds devoted to the purchase of another 
hoiise " ; but on July 27, 1693, Beeston wrote home : 
" I hope also to get them to raise money to put King's 
House at St. Jago (where I live) in order, for at present' 
it only protects me from the sun and rain, having no 
convenience for horses or servants, nor room for but 
few in a family, and being as common as the highway. 


Nevertheless, my cost of living, for the honour of the' 
Government, is more than double what I am allowed, nor 
is there money nor like to be yet awhile, to pay me what 
I am allowed by their Majesty's." 

In October 1700 he wrote home : "I am also enlarging 
to more than double the King's House, which was too httle 
for any indifferent family, and have taken in all the land 
belonging to it with a bricke wall, and have made aditions 
of out houses for the reception of servants and for offices, 
all which will bee finished in a short time, and will be very 
comodious and useful, tho' not so beautyfull, being built 
not one entire fabrieke, but by peices." 

There was a Queen's House when Lord Archibald Hamil- 
ton arrived in 1711, but it was in a " ruinous condition." and 
" could not be made tenable under £2000," which was voted. 
The Duke of Portland (1724-6) expended £1544 Os. l^d. 
over th6 £4000 voted on the then King's House, but this 
sum was not refunded to his widow although a committee 
of the Assembly recommended it. 

The original residence of the governors consisted partly 
of the old Spanish edifice and partly of irregular additions 
made from time to time by Sir William Beeston and other 
governors. The Spanish hall of audience was demolished 
in 1761 to make way for the present building. Of it Long 
says : 

Nothing of art or elegance graced the inside of this hall : it was 
lined throughout with boards, or rather planks, iinequally hewn 
with an adze, none of them appearing to have undergone the embel- 
lishment of the plane ; these were rudely nailed to upright posts, 
which supported the roof. The posts were for the most part 
crooked, not even squared, and many of them had some remnant 
of their bark, but they retained for the most part their primitive, 
solidity. The whole of the woodwork, indeed, seemed to have passed 
through no other hands than those of a clumsy ship-carpenter. 

This description might almost apply to the dwelKngs of, 
the native Arawaks. 

The former official residence of the governors of Jamaica, 
or King's House, as it is caUed, stands on the west side of 
the square. The plan was designed by CraskeU, the. 
ei^ineer of the island, and approved during the administf a- 


tion of Lieutenant-Governor Henry Moore in 1759-62 ; 
but the building was not completed until the arrival of 
Crovemor William Henry Lyttelton in 1762. 

The expense of building and furnishing amounted to 
nearly £30,000 currency (or £21,428 sterling), and in Long's 
time {circa 1774) it was " thought to be the noblest and 
best edifice of the kind, either in North America or any 
of the British colonies in the West Indies." The fa§ade is 
about 200 feet long ; the freestone used in the construction 
came from the Hope river course in St. Andrew. The 
columns supporting the portico are of Portland stone, the 
pavement of white marble, of which much came out, as 
ballast, from time to time in the old sugar ships, and is 
still seen in many a great house and town dwelling. The 
following is taken from Long's description of the interior : 

Two principal entrances lead through it into the body of the 
.house ; the one opens into a lobby, or ante-chamber ; the other 
into the great saloon, or hall of audience, which is well propor- 
tioned, the dimensions being about 73 by 30 feet, and the height 
about 32 ; from the ceiling, which is coved, hang two brass gilt 
lustres. A screen of seven large Doric pillars divides the saloon 
from an upper and lower gallery of communication, which range 
the whole length on the West side ; and the upper one is secured 
Xvdth an elegant entrelas of figured iron work. The East or opposite 
side of the saloon is finished with Doric pilasters, upon each of 
which are brass girandoles double-gilt ; and between each pilaster, 
under the windows of the Attic story, are placed, on gilt brackets, 
the busts of several ancient and modern philosophers and poets, 
large as life ; which being in bronze, the darkness of their com- 
plexion naturally suggests the idea of so many Negro Caboceros, 
exalted to this honourable distinction for some peculiar services 
rendered to the country. At the North end, over a door which 
opens into the lobby, is a small moveable orchestra, made to hold 
a band of music on festive occasions. The furniture below consists 
of a great number of mahogany chairs and settees, sufficient to 
accommodate a large company, the room being chiefly used for 
public audiences, entertainments, balls, and the hearings of chancery 
and ordinary. At the South end are three folding doors opening 
into a spacious apartment, in which, by the Governor's permission, 
the Council usually meet ; whence it has received the name of the 
Council Chamber. . . . 

Monk Lewis, writing in 1834, says : " The Government 
House is a large clumsy-looking brick building with a 


portico, the stucco of which has suffered by the weather, 
and it can advance no pretensions to architectural beauty." 
And with this criticism one must fain agree. 

In Long's time a new governor was usually feasted for 
three successive days in Spanish Town ; after which he 
was wont to make a kind of public entry into Kingston, 
where more festivities were got up in his honour — ^the two 
towns vying the one with the other ; and Lady Nugent, 
in her Journal, makes many references to gay doings in 
King's House, Spanish Town. 

During the reign of Queen Victoria, King's House — in 
common with its younger rival in the plain of Liguanea — 
remained King's House, and did not permanently change 
its name to Queen's House, as did the official residences of 
other British colonies, although in 1840 the House of 
Assembly alluded to the Queen's House. 

With the removal of the seat of Government the remain- 
ing glory departed from Spanish Town. With the exception 
of the year 1873, when it was utiUsed for a little more than 
twelve months by Queen's College, of which Grant Allen 
was one of the staff, and the occupation by a temporary 
tenant of recent years, King's House has been practically 

Jamaica's former capital is Uke one of her bridges, which 
now and again, through the change of a rivercourse, is left 
to span a dry passage. 

In the palmy days of old the lot of a governor and his 
wife could not have been altogether a happy one. Lady 
Nugent writes, under date August 3, 1801, soon after their 
arrival in the island : 

Up at six. A grand breakfast at eight and a council at ten. 
Lord B[alcarres] set off immediately for his covuitry-house, called 
The Penn. A salute was fired, and all due honours paid to him, as 
he drove -off. General Nugent then walked in procession to the 
House of Assembly, and was sworn in as Lieutena'ht-Govemor and 
Commander-in-Chief. Then another salute was fired, and he came 
back and held a levee. I remained above stairs until four o'clock, 
seeing all the proceedings from my windowfe,'or the gallery round 
the Egyptian Hall. I then went to the drawing-room, and received 
all the ladies of Spanish Town, &o., the principal officers of the 
Navy and Army, the members of Council, and a number of the 


gentlemen of the House of Assembly, who had come to compliment 
the new Governor and his Lady ; bowing, cvirtseying, and making 
speeches, till six o'clock. The ladies then dined with me in the 
Ball-room, and the gentlemen with General N. in the Egyptian 
Hall. My guests were forty in number, with ten gentlemen to 
carve for us. General N. had three or four times that number 
with him ; but we should not call them our guests, as these dinners 
were given to us by the public. I must remark the loads of turtle, 
turkies, hams, and whole kids, that crowded my table, and increased 
the heat of the climate. The room, too, was filled with black 
servants ; and all the population, I believe, both white and black, 
were admitted to walk round the table, and stare at me after 
dinner. They did General N. the same favour, being, I suppose, 
very curious to see what sort of looking people we were ; but their 
curiosity added most exceedingly to the heat, and, indeed, I never 
felt anything like it in all my life. At two o'clock all the ladies 
took their leave, and some of the gentlemen ; but General N. left 
those that remained to enjoy their bottle, and he and I retired 
to our own apartment, but not to rest, for the garrison gave us a 
grand serenade, and the house was a scene of dancing, singing, 
and merriment almost the whole night. 

No wonder she writes on the following day " This day 
we have kept to ourselves." 

Rodney, who was for three and a half years commander- 
in-chief on the Jamaica station, crowned that service by 
his ever-memorable victory over De Grasse on April 12, 
1782. The early days of that April had been dark indeed 
for Jamaica. The mihtia had been called up for the de- 
fence of the capital, extra taxation had been imposed to 
meet the cost of defensive preparations, and the roads 
had been rendered impassable by the placing of large trees 
across them. After weeks of doubt and fear, Rodney's 
letter, written on the 14th, " between Guadaloupe and 
Montserrat," announcing his victory, was received on the 
25th, and fear was replaced by rejoicing, which received 
additional impetus when four days later Rodney himself 
appeared with his fleet, accompanied by nine prizes, 
including the famous Ville de Paris. 

On February 20, 1783, the House of Assembly resolved 
to write to the agent of the colony in England, Stephen 
Fuller, desiring him " to apply to the most eminent artist 
in England, to prepare an elegant marble statue of Lord 


Rodney, with a handsome pedestal of the same, to he 
erected in Spanish Town in commemoration of the glorious 
victory obtained by that gaUant commander and the brave 
officers and seamen serving under him, over the French 
fleet on April 12, 1782." 

Premiums for designs to be approved by the Royal 
Academy were to be offered, and the most eminent 
statuary employed to carry them out. 

Instead of an anonymous competition for premiums open 
to aU English sculptors, which would have included the 
young Flaxman, who had already shown signs of genius, 
the Council of the Academy directed Bacon, Carhni, 
Nollekens, Tyler and Wilton to prepare designs. Only 
Bacon and Tyler sent models, and the work was entrusted 
to Bacon, who was " at the extraordinary trouble of 
making two trips to Italy for the purpose of procuring a 
block of marble large enough for the design." 

We read in Leslie and Taylor's " Life of Sir Joshua 
Reynolds," that the President, " according to Barry (letter 
to -the Dilettanti Society, 1798), was much disappointed 
at the poor result, complaining that it in some measure 
defeated the object of those who intrusted the commission 
to the Academy." But inasmuch as Bacon was recognised 
as the best sculptor of the time, it is a httle difficult to 
understand what Sir Joshua expected. 

The House of Assembly voted £1000 sterling for the 
object, but, as is usually the case in such matters, the 
monument cost them considerably more before it was 
completed — £5200 in fact ; of which £500 was for freight 
-and erection. 

The statue did not arrive until 1790 ; and in that year 
the inhabitants of Kingston and Port Royal, having heard 
with concern a report that it was to be erected in Spanish 
Town, petitioned the House that it might be placed in the 
Parade in Kingston. The petition says : 

Conscious that such an ornament can only be adapted to decorate 
a'place equally conspicuous in point of situation, and convenient 
with respect to proximity to those harbours which his victory 
graced, they have anticipated the public approbation of seeing his 


statue erected in the centre of the first commercial town in the 
West Indies, and, solicitous to improve every advantage of position 
as well as to add every possible embellishment to this testimony 
of public gratitude, they, some time ago, subscribed a large sum of 
money for the purpose of conveying water from the Hope River 
to the Parade of Kingston, by means of which they propose to 
form a spacious basin to surround the statue, and have lately 
subscribed a further considerable sum to assist in erecting it, but 
are penetrated with the greatest concern, to find a report prevails 
of its being intended to be placed in Spanish Town. 

The petition was rejected by the vote only of the speaker 
pro tern. (William Blake), the House dividing equally ; and 
a further sum of £3000 was voted for a " proper building " 
to contain it, in Spanish Town, making an expenditure of 
£8200. The total cost of Jamaica's tribute to the great 
hero (including the public offices which form wings to the 
colonnade, and £3650 for the purchase of the necessary land) 
was £30,918 (currency). 

This grant for a " proper building " was ill-spent. 
Memorial statues should be erected " plain for all folk to 
see." It is difficult to get a good view of Rodney, placed 
as he is beneath a low-roofed temple which, fitting as it 
might be for a statue of Jupiter or Venus, iU accords mth 
the breezy Hfe of a sailor ; and if the good people of 
Kingston had been supported by the Assembly, Rodney's 
statue would certainly have looked better in the centre of 
the Parade. When it was in Kingston temporarily from 
1872 to 1889 it was on that barest of bare pedestals at the 
bottom of King street (to which Lord Metcalfe has once 
more been relegated) and lacked subsidiary adornment 

Although West, in 1771, broke through tradition in 
painting in the matter of classic costume, and dared, to 
the great advantage of Art, to represent Wolfe and his 
soldiers in their own dress ; and Pine painted Rodney 
bimself and his officers as they appeared on board the 
Formidable in the dress they wore, in sculpture the result 
was slower, and Rodney was clothed by Bacon in the dress 
of a Roman, as a matter of course ; the fondness on the 
part of sculptors for classic costume dying hard. Gibson, 


it is said, refused in the middle of the nineteenth century 
to execute his statue of Sir Kobert Peel unless he was allowed 
to clothe him in a toga. In general treatment Rodney's 
statue is not unUke the Augustus Csesar of the Capitol. 
He is clad in a short-sleeved tunic (of which the part that 
should cover the body is by artistic licence omitted), and 
wears his paludamentum (or cloak) over his right arm, 
He has no greaves, but wears sandals on his feet. 'From, a 
torques, or necklace (usually worn by Oriental barbarians) 
is suspended a Medusa's head. His left hand, holding a 
sword-hilt, rests on the ordinary oblong shield of the 
Romans. His right arm is outstretched, and in his hand is 
a baton. 

On the front panel of the pedestal is the following in- 
scription : 








Which may be rendered : 









On the other three panels are bas-reliefs. On the one 
side is a representation of Britannia protecting Jamaica, 
who has a shield bearing the arms of the colony and her 
foot on a crocodile. The French flag appears to the 
right. On the other side is a representation of Britannia 
sitting in her chariot, with her foot on the French flag, in 
the grasp of a seaman. On her shield is the head of 
George III. On the back panel is a well-executed bas- 
reUef of the chief feature in the great battle, showing the 
stems of the Ville de Paris and the Barfieur. 


In front of the monument, typifying the spoils of war, 
are two handsome brass cannons, Le Modeste and Le 
Precipice, founded at Douay in 1748, by Jean Maritz, and 
bearing the proud legend " Nee plmibus impar " — the motto 
of Louis XIV. 

The initials P. R. and B. E. refer to Philip Redwood 
(member of the Assembly for St. Catherine, later speaker, 
and afterwards chief justice), and Bryan Edwards, the 
historian, who selected the passages from Horace, cut in 
each side of the pedestal. 

Over the front arch of the superstructure is the Rodney 
coat-of-arms carved in bold reUef . 

Rodney's statue is mentioned in Cecil's " Life of Bacon " 
as one of his principal works ; and it was doubtless through 
the commission for this work that Bacon gained the orders 
for the other monuments by him erected in Jamaica — ^to 
the Countess of EfiSngham, Rosa Palmer, Lady WilUamson, 
John Wolmer and others. 

In Spanish Town, streets named after governors, are 
Beckford street, Nugent street, Manchester street, and 
Conran lane (after General Conran, 1813) ; the origin of 
Adelaide street (after the Queen of that name), WiUiam 
street (after the Prince who was later King), Brunswick 
street (after the Duke of Brunswick), and Nelson lane 
and Wellington street, are obvious. 

Canning lane and Melbourne lane tell of two English 
prime ministers. In Cochrane lane we have probably a 
reminiscence of Sir Alexander Cochrane, who was admiral 
on the Jamaica station in 1814-15. ElHs street tells of 
the family of Lord Seaford who had properties in the 
island : the first Lord Seaford having been born in Spanish 

Barrett street recalls a family long resident in the island 
on the Northside. 

The parish of St. John, merged in St. Catherine since 
1867, dates from the first partition of the island under 
Modyford in 1664. The old name of Guanaboa is either 
Arawak or Spanish, possibly, as Long suggests, a mixture 
of both, but the prefix gua i& suggestive of an aboriginal 


origin. It may perhaps be formed from the Cuban Indian 
word meaning any kind of palm, or the native Indian word 
for sour-sop, guabana. Guanaboa occurs as the name 
of a district in Hayti. The earliest reference to the district 
in English days is under date July 15, 1661, when the 
justices of peace of Guanaboa were ordered by the Governor 
and Council " to nominate a person to sell drink at Cow- 
hides," and in the map in Hickeringill's " Jamaica View'd," 
pubhshed in that year, Guanaboa is one of the four inland 
names given. In the earlier edition of Slaney's map of 
Jamaica of 1678, published by William Berry, there is a 
church marked at Guanaha, north-west of Spanish-Town, 
but in the later edition, published by Morden, Guanaha 
has been erased from the plate. Cowhides is marked 
on the map which accompanies the " Laws of Jamaica," 
of 1684, as a pen for cattle ; it probably indicated the 
place where the skins of the wild cattle were disposed of 
and possibly survives to-day iri Cowpen estate ; albeit a 
spot near Aylmers is still called Cowhide. On August 1 of 
the same year permission was given to Captain Anthony 
CoUier and Lieutenant Edward Morris " to pen their own 
with other wild horses for one month, with the assistance 
of the officers of Guanaboa, to whom half the wild horses 
are to be dehvered." In 1663-64 to the first Assembly 
Guanaboa returned two members. One was William Clee, 
of whom even the erudite Roby has nothing to record. He 
was not a landowner in 1670. The other was Thomas 
Freeman, who was later member for St. Thomas-in-the- 
East, a brother-in-law of Colonel Cope (a member of the 
Council and colonel of one of the seven regiments, and 
pbssibly a kinsman of Colonel Doyley) who lived at Cope 
I'lace hard by. 

Amongst the representatives whom St. John sent to the 
Assembly were members of the most noted familes in 
Jamaica history— Aylmer, Beckford, Price, Ayscough, 
Rose, Brodrick, Kelly, Modd, Fuller, Beach and Shand. 

In 1664 when Sir Thomas Modyford wrote home, St. 
John was one of the seven established parishes. By the 
survey of the island in 1670, it was shown to have eighty- 


three families, and an estimated total population of 996 ; 
and a rate of one penny per acre then produced £200 in the 
parish. The largest landowner was John Styles with 320O 
acres. Styles, in a letter to the principal Secretary of State 
in that year, states that Jamaica " would maintain more 
people than the whole of England." 

In May 1675 a petition was presented by him " that his 
land be made a distinct parish under the name of Styles 
Langley, he having left it by will to Christ Church College, 
Oxford, from whence he expects it wiU be supplied with 
preachers," and offering to build a church. The petition 
was refused on the ground that the land, which was at 
Magatee, was not sufficiently extensive. It was later taken 
from St. John and made part of St. Thomas-in-the-Vale. 
Research at Christ Church, Oxford, has failed to reveal 
any trace of Styles's bequest. 

In 1671 of the four clergymen ministering in Jamaica, 
at St. John's was " Mr. Lemmings, an Enghshman, lately 
sent by my Lord of London." In 1675 " Mr. Lemon " 
(evidently the same man), " a sober young man and very 
good preacher," was minister at Guanaboa. " He has 
£100 per annum for the parish, and about as much from 
Colonel Coape for keeping a free school he has erected." 

In 1682 we learn from a very interesting account of the 
state of the Church in Jamaica, sent to the Bishop of 
London by Sir Thomas L3mch, who took a keen interest in 
the cause of rehgion, that " St. John's parish or Guanaboa 
is supphed by Mr. Lemon, who has £100 a year by law. He 
had some advantages by a school built by Colonel Cope, but 
on the failure of that and on his marriage to a poor gentle- 
man's widow he has been a little uneasy. However, since 
I came he has sold some land I gave him for £500, so that 
he is in a reasonably good condition. Eor all I have heard he 
is a very honest, sober, fair-conditioned man, and esteemed 
the best preacher in the island. I think he has a parsonage, 
but the church is decayed, and he preaches in the school- 
house." This reference to the decayed condition of the 
church is, curiously enough, the earliest direct evidence of 
the existence of a church at Guanaboa, though it was 


probably one of the six churches existing in 1675. It was 
presumably at all events existing when Richard Guy was 
buried in 1681, the earliest dated tombstone in the church ; 
but it is curious that there is no mark for a church at 
Ouanaboa in the map of 1684 above referred to. The 
existing register of baptisms, marriages and burials only 
goes back as far as 1751. Part of the original fabric 
probably exists in the present building, which only dates 
from about 1845, the older church having been burnt down 
shortly before then. 

Roby, in his " History of the Parish of St. James " (1849), 
says, " In a wood near Aylmer's in St. John's, is a monu- 
ment inscribed, under arms (the colours added) sable, a 
chevron erminois, between three spear-heads argent, 
embrued at the points, proper. Crest, a dragon's head 
vert, erased gules, holding in its mouth a sinister hand, 
erect, couped, dropping blood from the wrist, all proper." 

Roby gives the inscription with, marvellous to relate, 
one or two mistakes, e.g. He for Who in the fourth hne; 
High for Hon. in the tenth ; and he corrects the Mason's 
PalUdcB into Pallida. It runs as follows : 

Near to this Moumfull Marble lies Interr'd the Body of the 
Hon. Ck)ll. Charles Price who was divested of the Robe of Mortality 
on the 23d day of May, 1730, Aged 52 years. 

Who was a Loving Husband, an Indulgent Parent, a peaceable 
Neighbour, and a faithful Friend ; Just, Charitable, Courteous, 
Affable to his Inferiors, patient of Injuries and Slow to wrath. 

A Man of Integrity, and so firm to his word, that he inviolably 
preserv'd the same even to the strictest Nicety of Honour ; meek 
he was but truly Brave, and every way fited for his Hon. station, 
and for a Loyalist was second to none. 

He was possessed of such a singular ingaging temper and sincerity 
of mind, which render'd him a very desirable Companion to all, 
but more especialy to those who had the happyness of being 
intimately acquainted with him for he knew no guile neither was 
•deceit found in his heart. If he had any Enemies, they must have 
been the Sons of Envy, and became such not thro' any real cause 
by him given, but from some invidious and Malignant seeds planted 
and foster'd in their own turbulent and uneasie breasts. 

To say more of him would be but still to say too little, only 
that he is now gone to that place which alone knows how to reward 
those vertues, of which he was here the happy possessor. 


O may we then like him resign our breath, 
In life his vertues share, and be like him in Death. 
Pallidse [sic] mors aequo pulsat Pede pauperum Tabernas Re- 
gumque Turres. 

Lawrence-Archer, in his " Monumental Inscriptions of 
the British West Indies " (1875), gives the same information 
as Roby. Nothing is now known of such a tomb near 
Aylmers, and the tombstone in memory of Price, as quoted 
by Roby, is now on the floor of the church near the north 
door ; but the tinctures on the arms are quite gone. There 
is no record of the removal from wood to church. It was 
evidently subsequent to 1849, but the reference in Lawrence- 
Archer is no certain proof that it was still in the wood in 

Charles Price was the third son of Francis Price, who 
came to Jamaica as a captain under Venables. His eldest 
son, Charles, who achieved much fame in Jamaica and 
was made a baronet in 1768, and Ues buried at Decoy, his 
estate in St. Mary, will be dealt with under that parish. 
Charles Price was member for St. John in 1713 and St. 
James in 1725, but was expelled for non-attendance in 
the same year. He was custos of St. Catherine. His two 
sons and six daughters, who all died between 1716 and 
1727, lie buried in the church. He left three surviving 

Amongst other monuments in the church are those to the 
following : Richard Guy, who represented in the Assembly 
"the Northside" (1671-2), St. Ann and St. James in 
1673-74, and St. James from 1675 to 1679. In 1676 he 
patented 1000 acres of which Latium (not Latimer as Law- 
rence-Archer and Feurtado — after him — have it) in St. John, 
formed part : George Modd, who represented St. John in 
the Assembly in 1718, 1719, and 1722, and St. Catherine in 
1721, in which year he was speaker ; and Colonel Whitgift 
Aylmer. The arms on his monument are : a cross between 
four Cornish choughs close ; the crest, a Cornish chough 
rising out of a ducal coronet. From the title " Honourable" 
it is possible, Roby points out, that he was custos of the 
precinct of St. Catherine (which comprehended the parish 


of St. John with St. Dorothy and St. Thomas-in-the-Vale), 
as he does not appear to have been a member of the Council ; 
and although from the arms on his monument it may be 
inferred that he was of the now noble family of Aylmers, of 
Balrath, Co. Meath, yet that family was not ennobled until 
1718, seventeen years after his decease, when Matthew 
(second son of Sir Christopher Aylmer, who was created a 
baronet of Ireland in 1682), rear-admiral of the red, was 
created Baron Aylmer of Balrath. 

The family, which had been long settled in Ireland, is 
said to have been descended from Aylmer, a Saxon duke of 
Cornwall, and Sir Gerald Alymer, who, 25 Ken. VIII (1533), 
was a Baron of the Exchequer in Ireland, was great-great- 
grandfather to Sir Christopher, the first baronet before 

The family gave an archbishop to Canterbiury, and 
Whitgif t Aylmer is supposed to have descended from Whit- 
gift, archbishop of Canterbury. He was member of 
Assembly for St. John's 1673-74, 1677, 1677 again ; St. Ann's 
1680-81 and 1687-88 ; and for St. John's 1701. The Christian 
name of his wife was Joyce, as appears from the register 
of St. Catherine's, in which parish two of their children were 
baptized — Mary, June 11, 1669, and John, September 5, 
1687. His son was also a member of the Assembly. 

The following notice of his election for this parish appears 
under the date of Jime 26, 1701. 

It appearing by the return of the writs, that Lieutenant-Colonel 
Whitgift Aylmer was elected for the parish of St. John, and Whitgift 
Aylmer for the parish of St. James, and it being doubted whether 
the said Whitgift Aylmer, elected for the parish of St. James, 
was Colonel Whitgift Aylmer the father or Whitgift Aylmer the 
son, and a debate thereon, it was put to the vote whether the House 
understood by the said returns, that Lieutenant-Colonel Whitgift 
Aylmer or Whitgift Aylmer his son were elected for the parish of 
St. James. 

Resolved, that it was understood by the return to be Whitgift 
Aylmer the son. 

The memory of the family still lives in Aylmers estate . 
hard by. 

The parish of St. Dorothy, which was formed out of part 


of Clarendon and part of St. Catherine in 1675, was, on the 
general reduction of the number of parishes in 1867, merged 
into St. Catherine. 

Old Harbour bay was called by Columbus Puerto de 
las Vacas, probably because he saw a number of manatees 
there when he visited it on his homeward way after he had 
discovered Jamaica. 

Bernaldez tells us that : 

Thus sailing in a southerly direction they anchored one evening 
in a bay in a territory where there were many large villages ; and 
the cacique of a very large village which was above the ships came 
and brought them a quantity of fresh provisions and the admiral 
gave some of the things which he had on board to him and his 
followers, and they were much pleased ; and the cacique asked 
whence they came and what the admiral's name was, and the 
admiral answered that he was a vassal of the mighty and illustrious 
sovereigns the king and queen of Castile, his masters, who had 
sent him to these parts to learn and discover those lands and to 
do much honotu: to good men but to destroy the bad. Now he 
spoke to them by means of his Indian interpreter and the said 
cacique was much pleased, and he asked the interpreter at great 
length about things in Spain, and he told him at great length at 
which the cacique and the other Indians were much astonished and 
pleased and they stayed there until night, and then took leave of 
the admiral. Next day the admiral departed, and as he was sailing 
with a light wind, the cacique came with three canoes and over- 
took the admiral coming in an orderly and stately manner ; one 
of the canoes was as large as a sea-going ship and was painted all 
over : the cacique came and his wife and two daughters and two 
young lads, his sons and five brothers and others who were followers ; 
one of the daughters was 18 years old, and very beautiful ; she was 
quite naked according to the custom of those parts, the other was 

In the prow of the canoe stood the standard-bearer of the cacique 
clad in a mantle of variegated feathers, with a tuft of gay plumes 
on his head, and bearing in his hand a fluttering white banner. 
Two Indians with caps or helmets of feathers of imiform shape and 
colour and their faces painted in a similar manner, beat upon 
tabors ; two others, with hats curiously wrought of green feathers, 
held trumpets of a fine black wood, ingeniously carved ; there were 
six others, in large hats of white feathers, who appeared to be 
guards to the cacique. 

Having arrived alongside of the admiral's ship, the cacique 
entered on board with all his train. He appeared in fiill regalia. 
Around his head was a band of small stones of various colours, but 
principally'green, symmetrically arranged, with large white stones 



at intervals, and connected in front by a large jewel of gold. Two 
plates of gold were suspended to his ears by rings of very small 
green stones. To a necklace of white beads, of a kind deemed 
precious by them, was suspended a large plate, in the form of a 
fleur-de-lys, of guanin, an inferior species of gold ; and a girdle 
of variegated stones, similar to those around his head, completed 
his regal decorations. His wife was adorned in a similar manner, 
having also a very small apron of cotton, and bands of the same 
round her arms and legs. The daughters were without ornaments, 
excepting the eldest and handsomest, who had a girdle of small 
stones, from which was suspended a tablet, the size of an ivy- 
leaf, composed of various coloured stones embroidered on network 
of cotton. 

When the cacique entered on board the ship he distributed presents 
of the productions of his island among the officers and men. 

Columbus tells iis that Old Harbour was inhabited by 
the most inteUigent and most civilized of aU the aborigines 
that he had met in the Antilles. Later it was called 
Esquivel, after the Spanish governor who established it 
as a port for ship-building. 

The land on which the Church of St. Dorothy, com- 
monly caUed Tamarind-tree church, at Old Harbour, was 
built, was given as a free gift by Colonel Fuller and his wife 
Catherine Fuller, and also the land and glebe consisting 
of about 30 acres of land on which the rectory house was 
built. Colonel Fuller was among the foremost of the 
Parliamentary officers who came here with Penn and 
Venables, and received large grants of land, comprising 
Fuller's Pen and Thetford in St. Dorothy, and Fuller's Pen 
in St. John's. At a Council meeting held at St. Jago de la 
Vega, May 9, 1692, 

Thomas Scambler Gierke, Minister and Rector of the Parish of St. 
Dorothy, being at the Board tendered the oaths appointed by Act 
of Parliament to be taken instead of the oaths of Supremacy and 
Allegiance, and also to repeat and subscribe the Declaration as by 
the said Act is Required Peremtarily refuse to take the same ordered 
that he be from henceforth ipso facto deprived of his said benefice 
as by the said Act is Directed, and that notice thereof be given to the 
Churchwardens of the said parish. 

On May 19, at a meeting of the council, it was 
ordered that the Provost Marshall forthwith take into custody the 
body of Thomas Scambler Gierke, late Minister and Rector of the 


Parish of St. Dorothy for refusing to take the oaths . . . and that 
the Attorney-General proseeute him thereupon. 

Amongst the rectors was the Rev. William Leacock, 
who was of the Leacock family in Barbados. He gave up 
the living in 1836-37 and went to America and was the 
leading divine of the Episcopal church in New Orleans. 
He was succeeded by the Rev. Charles Hall, the Rev. 
McAlves, and the Rev. George Wilkinson Rowe, brother 
of Sir Joshua Rowe, the chief justice of Jamaica, who 
held the rectory for upwards of 30 years, and the Rev. 
W. C. McCalla, who commenced the building of the chancel 
and organ chamber about 1890. 

Up to the year 1843-46 the old church was usually 
called the Old Harbour " barn," with red brick walls and 
wooden window shutters. The church was renovated and 
restored and a belfry was put on the roof by the late 
Alexander Bravo in the time of the Rev. George W. Rowe. 

In the chiu'ch are monuments to Colonel Thomas Fuller 
(d. 1690) and John Pusey (d. 1767). 

Colebeck Castle, which stands on a ridge of land on the 
west bank of the Colebeck gully, about a mile and a half 
to the north-west of Old Harbour town, overlooking the 
bay, probably dates from the end of the seventeenth century. 
It must have been the most imposing building of the kind 
erected in Jamaica. It was evidently at one time partially 
destroyed by fire. It is rectangular in plan, about 114 feet 
wide and 90 feet deep, consisting of four three-storied, 
square, tower-Hke buildings at each corner, rising to a 
height of about 40 feet, connected by two-storied arched 
arcades, consisting on two sides of three arches, on the other 
sides of five arches. The windows on the groimd floor are 
circular. The walls are formed of stone, filled in between 
with rubble, with brick quoins and window facings, and 
are about 2 feet 6 inches thick ; at every fourth or fifth 
course is a course of larger sized bricks. The inside walls 
have been coated with plaster work. Some of the lintels 
of doors and windows still remain, and are of bully-wood, 
as good as when they were first put up. A concrete terrace 
ran around the castle, with steps at front and back. 


Parts of a projecting wall— at a distance of about 114 feet 
from the castle on each side, enclosing a square of about 
300 feet — about 12 inches thick, still remain, and show 
crudely-formed loop-holes for firing. In some places there 
is a drop of from 12 to 20 feet on the outside. At each 
comer of the outer wall was a substantial building some 
60 feet square, and underneath three of them were vaulted 
dungeons. Two dungeons are no higher than 6 feet, 8 feet 
wide, and 24 feet long, with only one very small aperture 
low down at one end. The dungeon at another corner 
measures 60 feet by 20 feet, and is reached by a flight of 
twenty steps. 

To-day the castle is surrounded by bush, and is the abode 
of bats and owls. On the surrounding property sugar has 
given place to tobacco. 

From his black marble gravestone on the floor of the 
south transept in the cathedral, we learn that " CoUnel 
John Colbeck of Colbeck in St. Dorothyes was bom ye 30th 
of May, 1630, and came with ye army that conquered this 
island ye 10th day of May, 1655, where haveing discharged 
several honble. ofiices both civill and military with great 
applause he departed this Hfe ye 22d day of February 1682." 
He was returned member for Old Harbour in the first 
Assembly of Jamaica, which met on January 20, 1663-64. 
In 1664, as Sedgwick had prophesied in a letter to Thurloe, 
the Maroons proved a thorn in the side of the Enghsh 
settlers. Though the main body under Juan de Bolas had 
surrendered after the defeat of the Spaniards by Doyley, 
other parties remained in inaccessible retreats, and, aug- 
mented by runaway slaves, gave great trouble by inter- 
mittent descents on the planters in the interior. Foremost 
amongst these were the Vermaholis negroes. After the 
death, in action, of Juan de Bolas, who on surrendering had 
been made a colonel of the Black regiment, Captain 
Colebeck, in March 1664, was employed to endeavour to 
quell them. " He went," Long tells us, " by sea to the 
north side, and having gained some advantages over them, 
he returned, with one who pretended to treat for the rest. 
This embassy, however, was only calculated to amuse the 


whites, and gain some respite ; for they no sooner found 
themselves in a proper condition, and the white inhabitants 
lulled into security, than they began to renew hostilities." 

In the survey of Jamaica sent home by Modyford in 1670, 
under St. Katherine's parish we read : " John Colebeck (812 
acres) ; Capt. Colebeck and inhabitants (1340 acres)." 

In the third Assembly, which met on I*ebruary 1, 1671-72, 
Colebeck's name appears among the representatives of 
St. Catherine as " Major John Colebeck for Bowers," Bowers 
being the district in which Colebeck Castle stands. On 
February 14 following " the Gentlemen of the Assembly 
in a body came to the Council and informed the Governor 
[Sir Thomas Lynch, Lieutenant-Governor] of the sickness of 
their Speaker, Captain Samuel Long, who recommended 
unto them Major John Colebeck, with whom they went 
back to their House and immediately returned their thanks 
to the Governor for his proposing so fit and able a person 
to be their Speaker." 

Colebeck remained speaker of the Assembly until 
Samuel Long was re-elected in May 1673 ; but on Long's 
election to the Council, Colebeck was passed over for the 
speakership, and Beeston was elected. 

In the fourth Assembly, May 10, 1673, Colebeck was 
again returned under the general head of St. Catherine as 
chosen specially for Bowers. In the next Assembly, which 
met on February 13, 1673-74, his name appears as one of 
the three representatives for St. Catherine generally, the 
return omitting the former distinctions of one member for 
St. Jago, another for Sixteen Mile Walk, and a third for 
Bowers. In the sixth Assembly, April 26, 1675, he was 
elected for the newly formed parish of St. Dorothy, and 
continued imtil his death to represent that parish in every 
successive assembly, viz. on April 9, 1677, when he had 
been promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel ; on 
September 6, 1677 ; September 2, 1678 ; August 19, 1679, 
when he had attained his colonelcy ; and finally on March 

19, 1680-81. 

In a " Brief Account of the Government of Jamaica,' 
drawn up in 1680, his name appears fourth on the list of 



justices of the peace for Precinct IV (St. Catherine's, St. 
Thomas-in-the-Vale, and St. Dorothy's), coming after those 
of Byndloss, Ballard and Long.. 

In 1679 he was one of a committee of fourteen of the 
Council and Assembly for the Defence of Jamaica, who 
signed specific recommendations to the governor for 
strengthening the breastwork, arming the new works, and 
providing four fire-ships. 


On February 17, 1682, the Lords of Trade and Plantations 
agreed to recommend, and the King approved; Colonel John 
Colebeck to be of the Council of Jamaica, in the room of 
Colonel Whitfield deceased, but he had died before the 
decision reached Jamaica. His will, dated February 20, 
was proved on March 15, 1682-83. He does not seem to have 
had relations for whom he cared, for he named none. He 
left all his estate, real and personal, to his executors, Hender 
Molesworth and Samuel Bernard (to each of whom he 
gave £40), to hold for payment of his just debts and legacies. 
He bequeathed money to purchase a ring to each of Sir 
Thomas Lynch, Eobert Byndloss and Sir Henry Morgan. 
He left £20 to Henry Howser, the rector of St. Catherine, 
to preach his funeral sermon. He left £10 each to Dr. Koss 


and Edmund Duck, the Attorney-General, and £300 to 
Mrs. Ann Ash ; and to every one of "ye Gentlemen of 
Councill each a ring of 30/- price. To ye church of St. 
Dorothy's ye charge of glassing all ye windows and putting 
in iron barrs." 

After his death, the name of Colebeck does not appear 
in Jamaica history. As his arms are not given on his tomb- 
stone, there is nothing to show whether he came of the 
Bedfordshire or the Lincolnshire branch of the family; 
but there is a tradition in the Colbeck family that a member 
of the Lincolnshire branch at Louth was transported to the 
West Indies for cutting down an elm tree ; that he acquired 
a fortune, and that his estate went into Chancery. 

The principal reminiscence of the great earthquake of 
1692 which overthrew Port Royal is the Tomb of Lewis 
Galdy, which is on the opposite side of Kingston harbour, 
at Green Bay, where at one time many naval officers 
were interred. On a brick tomb rests a white marble 
slab with Galdy's crest and arms. The arms are a cock, 
two mullets in chief and a crescent in base. The crest, 
on an esquire's helmet, is a plume, and the motto " Dieu 
sur tout." The following is the inscription : 

Here Lyes the Body of Lewis Galdy, Esq., who departed this 
life at Port Royal the 22nd December 1739. Aged 80. He was 
Bom at Montpelier in France, but left that Country for his Religion 
and came to settle in this Island, where he was swallowed up in 
the Great Earthquake in the year 1692 and by the Providence 
of God was by another Shock thrown into the Sea, and miraculously 
saved by swimming until a boat took him up : He lived many 
years after in great Reputation, Beloved by all who knew him 
and much lamented at his death. 

Lawrence-Archer, in recording this inscription, adds : 
" Mr. Galdy probably exaggerated the circumstances of his 
escape, especially as there was no one left to contradict his 
statement." There must have been at the time of his death 
many persons hving who could have borne witness to Galdy's 
escape. Galdy probably did not write his own epitaph. 
Moreover, if Lawrence-Archer had experienced an earth- 
quake himself he would not have been so ready to scoff ; 
and the following contemporary accoimts all tend to prove 


the truth of the monumental inscription. In the earth- 
quake of 1907 there were many escapes almost as miracu- 
lous as Galdy's. 

In " The Truest and Largest Account of the Earthquake 
in Jamaica, June the 7th, 1692, Written by a Reverend 
Divine there to his friend in London " (London, 1693) it 
is stated : 

You would admire at the Goodness of God in the Preservation 
of the residue ; some were very miraculously delivered from 
death, swallowed down into the Bowels of the Earth alive and 
spewed up again, and saved by the violent Eruption of Water 
through those Gaps ; some (as they say themselves, if they were 
alive at that time to know what was done to them) were swallowed 
up in one place, and by the rushing of Waters to and fro by reason 
of the agitation of the Earth at that time, were cast up again by 
another Chasm at places far distant. 

This account is corroborated by the contemporary ac- 
count given by Captain Crocket, writing from Port Royal 
on June 30, 1692. He says : 

Several People were Swallow'd up of the Earth, when the Sea 
breaking in before the Earth could Close, were washed up again 
and Miraculously saved from Perishings ; Others the Earth re- 
ceived up to their Necks, and then Closed upon them and squeez'd 
them to Death ; with their Heads above ground, many of which 
the Dogs Eat ; Multitudes of People Floating up and down, having 
no Burial. 

Also in " A full Account of the Late Dreadful Earthquake 
at Port Royal in Jamaica, Written in two Letters from the 
Minister of that Place " (London, 1692), we read : 

But no place suffered like Port Royal ; where whole Streets were 
swallowed up by the opening Earth, and the Houses and Inhabitants 
went down together, some of them were driven up again by the 
Sea, which arose in those breaches and wonderfully escaped ; some 
were swallowed up to the Neck, and then the Earth shut upon 
them, and squeezed them to death ; and in that manner several 
are left buried with their Heads above ground, and some Heads 
the Dogs have eaten, others are covered with Dust and Earth by 
the people which yet remain in the Place to avoid the stench. 

Also in a letter, dated Jamaica, September 20, 1692, 
quoted by Sir Hans Sloane : 


The Earth when it opened up and swallowed up people, they rose 
in other streets, some in the middle of the Harbom-, and yet saved ; 
though at the same time I believe there was lost about 2000 Whites 
and Blacks. 

Elsewhere in the same letter it says : 

She [the anonymous writer's wife] told me when she felt the 
House shake, she run out, and called all within to do the same : 
She was no sooner out but the Sand lifted up ; and her Negro 
Woman grasping about her, they both dropped into the Earth 
together ; and at the same Instant the Water coming in rowled 
them over and over, till at length they catched hold of a beam, 
where they hung, till a Boat came from a Spanish Vessel and took 
them up. 

And again, in a letter of July 3, 1693, " Some were 
swallowed quite down, and cast up again hy great Quantities 
of Water ; others went down and were never more seen. 
These were the smallest openings : Others that were more 
large swallowed up great Houses, and out of some gapings 
would issue great Rivers of Water, spouted up a great 
height into the Air, which seemed to threaten a Deluge to 
that part of Port-Royal." 

But the most detailed account of all is given in "A 
Natural History of Nevis and the rest of the EngUsh 
Leeward Charibee Islands in America. With many other 
Observations on Nature and Art. In Eleven Letters from 
the Rev. Mr. Smith, sometime Rector of St. John's, at 
Nevis, and now Rector of St. Mary's in Bedford ; to the 
Rev. Mr. Mason, B.D., Woodwardian Professor, and 
FeUow of Trinity College, in Cambridge, 1745." 

One Mrs. Akers of Nevis was a native of Port Royal in Jamaica, 
and lived there in the year of our Lord 1692, when the great earth- 
quake made such a dismal havoc and destruction, as will hardly 
ever be forgotten by the inhabitants of that Island. She told me, 
' That the earth opened wide, swallowed her with many others, and 
then immediately closed up again ; she said she was in a state 
of insensibility during her short stay there. It could not exceed 
the tenth part of a minute before it opened once more to vomit 
some of them up again. I asked her what might be her thoughts 
of the matter just the moment before the Earth swallowed her 
down ; and she answered, that imagining herself upon the brink 
of a boundless Eternity, she put up a short ejaculation to Almighty 


God, begging him to pardon her Sins, and to receive her Soul. 
The Hiatus she fell into was all Water, so that being very wet she 
received no other harm, excepting in one of her Cheeks, which grated 
a little against something that did but just draw blood. This water 
Hiatus closed again the next moment, catching hold of some people by 
a Leg, of others by the middle of the Body, and of others some 
by the Arm &c., detaining them in dismal torture, but immovably 
fixed in the ground, till they, with almost the whole Town besides, 
sunk under Water ; which happen'd within three minutes after she 
had got safe on board a Ship then riding at anchor in the Harbour. 

Galdy was an affluent merchant of Port Royal, church- 
warden from 1726, and member of Assembly for St. Mary, 
1707; for Port Royal, 1708-09; for St. George, 1711; 
for Port Royal again, 1716 ; and for St. Anne, 1718. He 
enriched himseK by the slave trade, as factor for the 

Until about the middle of the last century various inns 
and posting-houses, or taverns, as they were generally 
called, were kept in Jamaica. Some were rendered un- 
necessary by the advent of the railway, and some were 
superseded owing to the more rapid travelling rendered 
possible by better roads. 

Of these the Ferry Inn, formerly the halfway house 
between Kingston and Spanish Town, has survived hurri- 
cane and earthquake, only to Hve on its departed glory, 
and no longer as a tavern. 

In 1677 " An Act for the Ferry between St. Catherines 
and St. Andrews " was passed, of which the preamble runs : 

Whereas William Parker, of the parish of St. Andi'ews, Esquire, 
hath at his particular Charge found out and made a very convenient 
Way between the Salt and Fresh River in the Parish of St. Andrews 
and St. Catherines, which will be of great use and advantage to the 
whole Island, in causing a more near and easie Correspondence with 
the several Precincts and whereas the said William Parker hath 
likewise set up and erected a Ferry for the better Accommodation 
of the said Passage, and whereas the same cannot be maintained 
without great and constant charges. . . . 

In return for the right to demand Toll over the Ferry, 
Parker was bound to " compleat the said Way and Passage 
within twelve months from and after the making of this 



Act, and that in all places it be not less than eight foot 

This was one of a batch of laws that was not assented 
to by the King, and included in the laws passed under 
the Great Seal of England in 1678, and brought out by 
Carlisle for the Assembly's acceptance which was refused. 
It was repeated in an Act of 1683. An Act of 1699, con- 
firmed in 1703, directed the buUding of a bridge, and 
the 1683 Act does not appear in subsequent editions of the 
laws. The Ferry river — once known as the Lagoon river 

^■?^^::r:X::.W^^^^^S4^^?'^'^ ' ' -- 


from its source to the Ferry and thence to its jimction with 
the Salt river as the Fresh river — arises at Governor's Spring 
in ElHs's Caymanas and runs into the Salt river ; the 
united stream then runs into the old course of the Rio 
Cobre just before it enters Hunt's Bay in Kingston harbour. 
By the Act of 1677, "William Parker, his Heirs and 
Assigns " were " Impowered and Authorized, for the space 
and term of fourteen years from the making thereof, to ask, 
demand, sue for, recover, and receive as a Duty and ToU 
for the Transporting of any Person over the said Ferry, 
Seven pence half peny ; for every Horse and Man, fifteen 
pence ; for every grown Beast that hath no Rider, seven 
Pence half peny ; for every Sheep, Calf, or Hog, sixpence ; 


and that the said William Parker, his Heirs and Assigns, 
may and shall erect a Tavern or Victualling-house near the 
said Ferry, and shall not be compelled to renew or pay 
any License Money for the same." 

Lady Nugent, in her Journal, mentions visits to the Ferry 
Inn on three occasions, all in 1803 ; on February 10, when 
the Governor's party breakfasted there prior to the review 
of the St. Andrew's militia by General Nugent ; on May 27, 
when " most of our family dined at the Ferry. House, on 
the Kingston Road, and our dinner party was very small " ; 
and lastly, on June 13, when she writes : " 13th — Sent 
carriages, soon after 5, into Spanish Town, for the Murphy 
family, who slept there. Soon after breakfast, General 
N. set off with Mr. M. in the curricle, to visit the estates 
between this and Kingston called the Camoens [Caymanas]. 
After second breakfast Mrs. and the Misses Murphy with 
me in the sociable. The rest of the party in kittareens, 
phaetons, and on horse-back, all prooeded to the Ferry Inn 
to meet the Admiral and a large party at dinner. We had 
sent on to order the dinner, a few days before, and all that 
Jamaica produces was ready to be served up. The poor 
Admiral however, was so overcome with fatigue and the 
heat of the day, that he was quite ill, and obUged to leave 
the table. In consequence we all separated early. Mr. 
and Mrs. M. went with the Admiral, and are to be his guests 
till Wednesday. I took my seat in the curricle with 
General N., and all our young people went in the sociable ; 
and really if it had not been for Sir J. T. Duckworth's 
illness it would have been a merry party. As it was I was 
much entertained ; for the Inn is situated on the road 
between Kingston and Spanish Town, and it was very 
diverting to see the odd figiures and extraordinary equipages 
constantly passing — kittareens, sulkies, mules, and donkies. 
Then a host of gentlemen, who were taking their sangaree 
in the Piazza ; and their vulgar buckism amused me very 
much. Some of them got half tipsy; and then began 
petitioning me for my interest with his Honour — to redress 
the grievance of one, to give a place to another, and so 
forth ; in short it was a picture of Hogarth ..." 


To-day one can drive by the road and meet perhaps only 
a few drays, laden with wood or guinea-grass for Kingston, 
or, it may be, bananas or other agricultural produce. Of 
the " host of gentlemen " one sees nothing. The Ferry 
was in the early nineteenth century one of the places where 
tolls were charged. In the "Royal Gazette " for Novem- 
ber 17, 1827, the Lease of the Ferry Toll was advertised for 

The records of the House of Assembly contain many 
references to the grants made in aid of roads, their manage- 
ment and the hke. It may be interesting to take the 
history of the Spanish Town road, which until the advent 
of the railway was the principal, as typical of the rest. 

" An Act for the Highways," passed in 1681 (the third 
Act passed by the legislature of the colony) provides 
" That the Highways be sixty foot wide in standing Wood, 
forty foot where the Wood is only on one side, and twenty- 
four foot in open ground." 

The early " Act for the Highways " is alluded to in a 
sUghtly later Act (passed before 1695) : " For making and 
Clearing a Pubhck Road from St. Mary's and St. George's 
into the Parish of St. Andrew's." 

In 1698 Parker was brought before the House for collect- 
ing toll at the Ferry although the law had expired. A 
Committee to whom the matter was referred, reported 
that they had 

examined the business referred to them by the House, con- 
cerning the Ferry between St. Catherine's and St. Andrews and upon 
perusal of the Patent granted anno 1682, the whole Committee 
came to this resolution, viz. That the patent was void and the 
law expired : 

Whereupon the said letters patent and the law being read in the 
house, it was put to the vote, whether the House would concur to 
the report of the committee of grievances ; 

Carried in the affirmative. 

Michael Holdsworth and John Moone, esquires, ordered to wait on 
the Governor and acquaint him of the resolution of the House about 
the ferry, who returning, reported the delivery of the message, 
and that the Governor said that he hoped the house would take 
care to make a law that the benefit of the ferry should go to the two 
parishes, but that he thought it reasonable that the parish of St, 


Andrew shall have somewhat the more of the benefit, in regard that 
the road on the other side the ferry is to be maintained by them, 
which will be chargeable. 

Whereupon Michael Holdsworth, Usher Tyrrell, John Walters 
John Dove, Emanuel Moreton, William Hall, Jervis Sleigh, and John 
James, esquires, were appointed a committee to bring in a bill for 
that purpose. 

And in the following year an Act was passed " to oblige 
the parishes of St. Catherine and St. Andrew to build a 
bridge over the Rio Cobre." The bridge was to be at least 
twelve foot wide. 

In October 1723 a Committee of the Assembly, appointed 
to consider the most effectual means for repairing the 
public roads, reported : 

1. That although the road leading from Spanish-Town to the 
Parish of St. Andrew were repaired according to the Act of this 
island directing the repairing the public roads, yet it would be 
of no effect, unless the Rio Cobre were first cleared. 

To which the House agreed. . . . 

And a committee was appointed to bring in a bill for 
repairing the road leading from St. Jago de la Vega to the 
town of Kingston. The committee was, five days later, 
ordered to insert a clause for cutting a new channel for the 
Rio Cobre. 

By 1745 the road was known as the Ferry Road, and in 
that year a Committee of the Assembly was appointed to 
enquire into matters respecting it. 

In 1748 the Assembly- again considered the state of the 
Ferry Road, and passed " An Act to empower Commis- 
sioners to keep the Ferry, and erect a toll-gate or turnpike, 
between St. Catherine's and St. Andrew's, to commence 
at the expiration of an Act entitled An Act for empowering 
William Peete, Esquire to keep the Ferry, and erect a toll- 
gate or turnpike between St. Catherine's and St. Andrew's, 
and taking up runaway negroes." 

In 1758 an Act was passed for " Vesting in Trustees a 
toU to keep the ferry, and erect a toll-gate or turnpike 
between St. Catherine's and St. Andrew's . . ." and a 
similar Act was passed in 1761. 


In 1777 a Committee reported : 

4. On consideration of the motion for £4000 to be applied towards 
carrying on the road from the chiurch in Spanish Town to the church 
m Kingston, it appears to your Committee, from accounts solemnly 
attested and rendered in, and also from vouchers produced, that 
the sum of £2000 granted last session of Assembly, for carrying 
on the new road from the town of St. Jago de la Vega to the Ferry, 
in the parish of St. Catherine, and of £2000 for carrying on the new 
road from the Ferry, in the parish of St. Andrew, to the Town of 
Kingston, have been all expended on the said roads ; your Com- 
mittee were therefore of opinion, the sum of £4000 now applied for, 
should be granted : Your Committee have come to two resolutions 
respecting this road : 

1st. Resolved : It is the opinion of this Committe that the road 
between Spanish Town and Kingston is laid out on too large a 
scale ; that therefore, it ought to be contracted that thirty feet 
in the centre well paved and gravelled (except in the Salina which 
ought to be paved forty feet) would answer every purpose to the 
public, and save a considerable expense. 

2nd. Resolved : It is the opinion of this Committee that the 
salaries allowed to the Superintendent, and his assistants, amounting 
to about £900 per annum, are too large ; and that, in future, they 
ought to be reduced. 

In 1778 an Act was passed " for explaining and amending 
the several Highway Laws now in force, and rendering the 
said Laws more effectual." It was repealed and expired 
by 1792. 

In 1799 an Act " for continuing the Act commonly 
called the Highways Act for a certain time longer," was 
passed, but expired in 1812. 

In 1801 a Highway law was passed, but was repealed in 

In 1802 a law was passed "for rendering more effectual 
the several laws relating to the pubhc road from the church 
in the town of Saint Jago de la Vega to the church in 
Kingston," and " the Trustees of the Ferry Road " were 
thereby appointed. 

In 1815 an Act was passed giving " fuller powers to the 
Trustees of the Ferry Road," as it was found that " the 
present state of the Ferry Road requires that their powers 
shall be extended, and that prompt and efficacious means 
should be used to repair and keep the same in good order 
especially by causing it to be frequently examined." 


The oldest tablet in the Churcli of St. Thomas-in-the-Vale 

at Linstead is that of one Ehzabeth Burton, who died in 

1742. At the time of the threatened invasion by the 
French in 1805 the Records of the island were removed 
to this church, and were protected by a militia guard. 
The said church was blown down by a hurricane in March 
1822, and was shortly afterwards rebuilt. A tower was 
added to the church in 1830. 

The church was destroyed by earthquake on January 14, 
1907, and was rebuilt of reinforced concrete with eternit 
roofing at a total cost of £950 and was consecrated in 1911. 

Although the parish of St. Thomas-in-the-Vale dates 
from 1675, when the author of " The Present State of 
Jamaica" (published in 1683) wrote his work, its church 
was not one of the seven churches in the island; the 
nearest church then being St. John's, Guanaboa Vale, 
which had been in existence since 1669. The earUest 
rector recorded was the Rev. Thomas Garbrand, appointed 
in 1705. In " The Early EngKsh Colonies " (1908), by 
Mr. Sadler Philhps, is given " A List of the Parishes, 
Churches and Ministers in Jamaica, April 18th, 1715, " 
in which is included " St. Thomas-in-the-Vale, a church 
blown down, Mr. Reinolds." The Rev. James Reynolds 
had come out in 1709, sent by the Bishop of London, who 
since 1702 had had ecclesiastical jurisdiction over Jamaica. 
In 1798 the rector was the Rev. Wilham Wilhamson. In 
1820 and for some years after the rector was the Rev. 
William Buston. 

Williamsfleld, in St. Thomas-in-the-Vale, on the road 
between St. Mary and Spanish Town, was first settled 
by Needham, a large proprietor, but was soon purchased 
by one Harvey from Barbados, who in turn sold it to 
Daniel Lascelles, brother to the first Baron Harewood. 
It remained in the Lascelles' hands for many years. In 

1743, Henry Lascelles went to London from Barbados, 
and being a wealthy man purchased the Harewood estate, 
carried on business in London as West India merchants 
with George Maxwell. His son Edwin was created Baron 
Harewood in 1790. 


At a Council meeting held on July 11, 1692, at St. Jago 
de la Vega (the first held there after the earthquake) it was 
" ordered that the Councill meet on Wednesday next at 
Musqueto Point to view and consider of a place in order 
to the Building a fortification for to secure the Channell." 

And on August 8 it was " ordered that a fortification 
be made at Mosquito Point, of the ground &c. fitt to erect 
the same and that Charles Bouchier, Esq. goe and veiw 
the same and draw out Plott thereof and the same 
Returne to this Board." This was the origin of Port Augusta. 

Long gives the following account of the fort in his time. 
He makes a strong attack on the policy of fortifying a 
place which he designates a " still unfinished battery stuck 
into a quagmire at the entrance of Kingston Harboiu"," and 
says that the immense charges incurred on its behalf had 
by 1757 helped to cripple the island financially. He says : 

This fort mounts eighty-six large guns, kept in excellent order. 
It contains a large magazine, a house for the commandant, barracks 
to contain three hundred soldiers, with all convenient offices, and 
"casemates. It was projected to mount one hundred and sixteen 
guns ; but it is not yet compleated. The walls and bastions are 
built upon piles of the palmeto or thatch-pole tree, which is endued 
with the property of lasting in water without being liable to erosion 
by the worm. These were driven down through the loose land, 
until they reached a firm bed. If the same precaution had been 
used in constructing the houses of Port Royal, it is probable that 
the greater part of the town would have survived the earthquake. 
This fort contains an hospital, besides habitations for the officers, 
and is looked upon to be an healthy garrison. The neck of sand 
which joins it to the main is not above fifty or sixty feet wide in 
most places, and so low, that an enemy could not carry on approaches, 
on account of the water rising near the surface ; and it is flanked 
by a lagoon, or inlet of water from the harbour, of some extent ; 
for these reasons, and because the ships, in passing up the channel 
towards Kingston, must come within point-blank shot of a whole 
line of guns, a governor of this island pronounced it impregnable 
both by land and sea. 

During a storm in 1744 a new fort begun at Mosquito 
Point was entirely destroyed. 

The present fort was erected on Mosquito Point in 
Kingston Harbour in 1753. On September 13, 1782, the 
magazine, with three hundred barrels of powder, blew up. 



Amongst the military tombs is that to Major John Sankey 
Darley, 2nd WJ.R., who was killed in a mutiny of the 
West India Regiment there in May 1808. Recruits of the 
2nd West India Regiment, Chamba and Koromantyn 
negroes, mutinied on parade, aided by some of the older 
men. The Lieutenant and Adjutant Ellis was killed on 
the spot, and Darley died of the wounds he received. The 
general officer commanding, Carmichael, got into conflict 
with the House of Assembly by directing his officers not 
to answer any questions that that body might put to them 
with reference to the occurrence. Darley was brother to 
Alderman Darley of Dublin, of Orange notoriety. Car- 
michael died in 1813 while governor of British Guiana. 

Rodney's Look-out on the Heathshire Hills was shaken 
down by the earthquake of 1907. It was erected by 
Rodney while he was admiral on the Jamaica station, 
(1771-74), for the purpose of keeping a look-out to wind- 
ward. Port Henderson hard by, is named after a former 
owner, John Henderson, colonel of mihtia, who was pre- 
sented at Court in February 1784. He died at his estate 
in Scotland in 1811. It was founded in opposition to 
Passage Fort, as it afforded better accommodation for ships. 

Towards the close of the nineteenth century it was the 
site of a temporary laboratory of marine zoology for students 
of the Johns Hopkins University. 

Lawrencefleld is said to have been the residence 
of Sir Henry Morgan, governor of Jamaica (1673-82). 
St. Jago Farm is said to be the site of the residence of 
Sasi, the last of the Spanish Governors. Government 
Pen was the residence of former governors, and is frequently 
mentioned in Lady Nugent's " Journal." At Caymanas 
is an Arawak kitchen-midden-, at Mountain River, St. 
John's, some Arawak rock-carvings, and at Goat Island 
(in Old Harbour Bay) is a cave with Arawak remains. At 
Point HiU are some old barracks which are now used as a 
poUce station. 

Keith Hall is probably named after Sir Basil Keath, 
governor in 1774-77, and Sligoville after Peter, Marquis of 
SUgo, governor in 1834-36. 



That there was a collection of houses on or near the spot 
where Kingston now stands, some years before its formation 
into a town and parish, is evident, but it is also evident that 
Gardner's apphcation of the name to "the httle village 
of Kingston " in 1673 is based on imagination. In the 
map of Jamaica in " The EngKsh Pilot " of 1689 in the 
inset of "the draft of the Harbor of Port Royal " is marked 
Liganea, with seven small houses and one larger one where 
Kingston now is, and one larger one half-way to The Rock. 
In the " Present State of Jamaica," published in 1683, 
occurs the following description of the village : — " At 
Liguania, the inside of the harbour, opposite to Port Royal, 
about two leagues, is several houses, some of them very 
handsome, and well built, which place in time is like to 
become a pretty town." 

On the map which accompanies the " State of Jamaica 
under Sir Thomas Lynch " (included in the " Laws of 
Jamaica," published in London in 1684) the place where 
Kingston now stands is marked " Beeston." The original 
owner of the land was Colonel Samuel Barry, who patented 
it in 1664 and later sold it to (Sir) William Beeston, who, 
coming to Jamaica in 1660, represented Port Royal in the 
first House of Assembly, and was lieutenant-governor of the 
island from 1693 to 1700, and Governor till 1702 : but there 
is on the map a mark for a " towne " on the harbour to 
the west, between " Beeston " and Hunt's Bay, where 
Greenwich now is. 

The site of Kingston was not the first chosen by the 
English for the commercial capital of the island. Port 



Royal, as we have seen, flourished as such until 1692, in, 
which year occurred the great earthquake which destroyed 
that place and caused the death of 3000 of its inhabitants. 
That dealt it a fearful blow. 

On June 24, 1692, a Httle more than a fortnight after 
the earthquake which destroyed Port Royal, the Council 
ordered a " survey of 200 acres of Colonel Beeston's land 
in St. Andrews where the Council have resolved to build 
a new town," and four days later the Council ordered that 
£1000 should be paid to Beeston, who was at the moment 
in England, for the 200 acres : but this was apparently 
ultra vires on the Council's part, as they had no power to 
originate money votes. The first traceable reference to 
the place by name occurs in the Council minutes of July 21, 
1692, when regulations for building " the new town of 
Kingston in St. Andrews " were drawn up, and it was 
resolved that every purchaser should within three years 
build a house worth £50 on forfeiture of that sum. Such 
forfeiture, it was later decided, should go towards founding 
a hospital. 

The following occurs in the Council minutes for August 
9, 1692 : 

Ordered that no freeholder of PortRoyall have laid out for him 
above one lott by the sea side. 

Ordered that none of the Inhabitants of Port Royall have laid 
out for him above one lott. 

Ordered that all the freeholders of Port Royall have laid out for 
them in the said Towne the same quantity they had on Port Royall 
provided it Exceed not three lotts. 

Ordered that all the freeholders that had land bounding upon the 
North sea side on Port Royall be Preferred to the sea sidei land 
and that their lotts be first cast. 

Ordered that all the lotts for the Towne of Kingston be cast 
on once and that if Claimers doe not appear for all the said land 
that then blankes be cast to Coll" Peter Beckford and Coll" 
Nicholas Laws or be disposed of by them to the next Pretenders. 

Ordered that for every lott of land there be reserved to their 
j^Ij^jtiea Teim Shillings a year as an anuall Quitt Rent. 

Ordered that the chiefe Justice be desired to order the Drawing 
of Conveyances for the severall parcells of land laid out in the said 

Ordered that the forfeiture of fifty pounds for not building a house 


upon the Premises of the Value of fifty Pounds within the time 
appointed by this Board shall be applied to the building of an 
Hospital in the said Towne. 

Ordered that the Councill meet at the house of Mr. Ann. Lowder 
in the Towne of Kingston on Tuesday next to Receive the claims of 
the freeholders and Inhabitants of Po' Royall & all others that are 
Desireous to Erect and build in the said Towne & that notice be 
given thereof accordingly. 

After the Calamity of the Earthquake we had appointed a place 
for ye building of a Towne w* we then thought by its Soituation 
would have been equall if not Exceeding Port Eoyall where we had 
ordered all ships and vessells arriveing here to unlade and also 
ordered the severall offices to settle there for Enterey of the 
same — 

But may it pleas y"" Lordships Since to of no small greif we are 
made sensible of the unhealthyness of the place By the great 
Mortality that there happened & finding a Greater difficulty then 
we Expected in fortifying the harbour Have been forst to order 
the withdrawing of those offices to the Remains of Port Royall 
where there is firme Rock enough left for fortif5ring that neither 
the Earthquake nor the sea hath distroyed or made Unhabitable. 

On August 16 the Council itself met at Kingston. 
Orders were given for the erection of a market to be held 
daily, Edward Yeamans to be clerk. Thomas Clarke was 
provisionally appointed naval of&cer and collector of 
customs, and Deodatus Stanley was appointed bellman of 
Kingston. Kingston was not represented in Sir Wilham 
Beeston's first Assembly, which met in 1693 ; of his second, 
which met in the following year, the names of the members 
are not recorded ; so it is impossible to give the names 
of those who probably represented the new town for the 
first time. But in Beeston's third Assembly, which met 
on March 5, 1694-5, Kingston was represented by Josiah 
Hethcott, James Bradshaw and Samuel Foxley. Of 
these Bradshaw was a relative (probably son) of the 
regicide of that name. According to a document in Fulham 
Palace, recently quoted by Mr. N. Darnell Davis in "Notes 
and Queries," " in 1723-4 Bradshaw, the son of President 
Bradshaw, came frequently to Liguania and received the 
sacrament there." 

A letter, dated Port Royal, July 3, 1693, quoted by Sir 
Hans Sloane in hi? wcount of the great earthquake already 


alluded to, contains the following information about 
Kingston : 

Others went to the place called Kingston (or by others Killcown) 
where from the first clearing of the Ground, and from bad Accommo- 
dations, then Hutts built with Boughs, and not sufficient to keep 
out Rain, which in great and an unusual manner followed the 
Earthquake, lying wet, and wanting Medicines, and all Conveniences, 
etc., they died miserably in heaps. Indeed there was a general 
sickness (supposed to proceed from the hurtful Vapours belch'd 
from the many openings of the Earth) all over the Island so general 
that few escaped being sick ; and 'tis thought it swept away in all 
Parts of the Island 3000 Souls ; the greatest part from Kingston 
only, yet an unhealthy Place. 

Many people remained at Port Royal, but most of the 
survivors removed to the lower part of Liguanea. The 
Council paid Beeston on June 28, £1000. A plan for the 
town was drawn up by Colonel Christian Lilly, " Her 
Majesty's engineer-general," under the direction of the 

In his plan Lilly adopted the chessboard fashion of 
all Spanish cities in the New World^ — a plan which is at 
least as old as the Romans. If one omits the lanes, the 
plan of Kingston as laid down by Lilly in the seventeeth 
century is precisely the same as that of the recently un- 
earthed Roman city of Calleva (Silchester) of thirteen 
centuries earlier, with its insulae, prototypes of the American 
blocks. Kingston consisted then of a parallelogram one 
mile in length from north to south, and half a mile in 
breadth, regularly traversed by streets and lanes, alternately 
crossing each other at right angles. When Long wrote it 
contained " sixteen hundred and fifty- five houses, besides 
negro houses and warehouses ; so that the whole number 
of its buildings, including every sort, may be computed 
at between two and three thousand, and thirty-five spacious 
streets and sixteen lanes." At present there are in Kingston 
171 streets and sixty-nine lanes and about 9000 houses. 

Unfortunately Lilly when he planned Kingston, when 
land was cheap, omitted to leave room for lines of trees 
down each principal street. Had this been done, shade 
■would have been afforded to drivers and pedestrians alike, 

3 X 

CO ;! 

— in 


and a picturesque feature would have been assured for 
the town. Moreover, the chessboard plan of laying out 
a town, naturally from its regularity dear to the heart of 
an engineer, is fatal in the interests of picturesqueness, 
however suitable it may be for progression. 

There was not at first much progress in its settlement, 
the recollection of the former wealth and greatness of Port 
Royal giving the colonists a continued preference for that 
place ; but the fire of 1703 completely destroyed the 
favourite town, and the disheartened inhabitants went in 
large numbers to Kingston, which the Assembly caused to 
be divided into lots and given to those who had lost their 
houses. A law was also passed directing the slave-owners 
in the parish of St. Andrew to send one out of every twenty 
of their slaves to build temporary huts for the refugees, 
and, as an encouragement for the early settlement of the 
new town, every house built within the year (1703) was 
exempted from taxes for seven years. Soon after this 
another law was passed declaring Kingston to be " the 
chief seat of trade and head port of entry " of the island. 

From this time the prosperity of the town was assured, 
and in the year 1713 it was declared by law that the place 
should " for ever be taken and esteemed as an entire and 
distinct parish, with all the powers of any other parish," 
and, further, that it should " have the right of sending, 
three representatives to the Assembly." 

So rapidly had the town grown that iii 1716 it was thus 
described by a historian of the time : 

Within the harbour and about six miles from the town of 
Port Royal lies the town of Kingston, first laid out and partially 
settled after the great earthquake ... It is now become greatly 
increased in houses, stores, wharves and other conveniences for 
trade and business, so that it is by much the largest town in the 
island ; and if the island shall increase in people and new settle- 
ments (the consequences of trade and riches) it is likely to be much 
the fairest town in all the Indies for 'tis most commodiouslylaid 
out, happily and beautifully situated, has many spacious houses 
in it, and more are daily building, is the residence of the greatest 
merchants and traders, and has resorting to it most of the ships or 
vessels that come to the island, and in it is managed the greatest 
part of the trade of Jamaica/, 


In 1721 an Act was passed empowering 'the inhabitants 
to erect a court house and exchange ; and for nearly half 
a century the town continued to grow in size and opulence, 
and so important had it become in 1755 that the attempt 
was then made to constitute it the seat of government. 
The Governor (Admiral Knowles) twice proposed and 
the Assembly twice rejected a bill for that purpose ; but 
at length the Assembly gave way and a law was passed 
giving effect to the arrangement. Soon after the public 
archives were removed to Kingston and the superior 
courts were estabUshed there. But the change was 
unpopular throughout the island, and numerous peti- 
tions against it were sent to the King. On October 3, 
1758 (after Knowles had left), the disallowance of the 
law was proclaimed and the records were returned 
to Spanish Town, escorted by " a considerable body' of 

In 1780, and again in 1782, the town was severely stricken 
by a fire. In the former year the large and closely built 
portion of the town lying between King and Orange streets 
was burnt down, the destruction of property being estimated 
at £30,000. But the town soon recovered from the effects 
of the conflagrations, and prospered to such an extent that 
in 1802 it was granted a corporation under the style of 
" The Mayor, Aldermen and Common Council of the City 
and Parish of Kingston." The Court of Common Council 
was given a seal and empowered to make and ordain by- 
laws, ordinances and regulations for the good order of the 
city, not repugnant to prerogative or to the laws of the 
island. The following is a description of the city seal : 
On the obverse the island arms, crest, supporters and 
mottoes. Legend, Sigi Commune Givit : Kingston in 
Jamaica. Eeverse, Britannia, in the dress of Minerva, 
holding a trident in one hand, and in the other a mirror, 
reflecting the rays of the benign influence of Heaven on the 
produce of the island ; behind her the British Lion, support- 
ing her shield, a conch shell at her feet, and at a distance 
a ship under sail. Legend, Hos fovet, hos curat, servatque, 
Britannia Mater, 


In 1843 another great fire devastated a large portion 
of the city. In began shortly before 10 a.m. on August 26, 
in a foundry situated at the east end of Harbour street 
and extended diagonally across the city until it reached 
the old Roman Catholic chapel at the corner of Duke street. 
Many of the best dwellings and much valuable property 
were consumed, and a large number of persons were 
left in utter destitution. The sum of £10,149 was dis- 
tributed among the sufferers, of which £5000 was voted 
by the House of Assembly. At this period a great deal 
of the foreign trade of Kingston had disappeared in con- 
sequence of the estabhshing of direct steam communication 
between the European and Spanish- American states ; 
still Kingston continued an important centre of 

In March 1862, another great fire occurred by which 
the commercial division of the city was devastated. Nine- 
teen of the principal stores in Harbour and Port Royal 
streets, three wharves, and the extensive and well-built 
three-storied house in which the Commercial Hotel 
was kept, were burnt down at a loss of £30,000. The 
value of the merchandise, furniture, &c., destroyed 
was estimated at £60,830, making a total of £90,830. 
Of this £9400 was covered by insurances, leaving 
£81,530 as the total loss to the owners of the premises 
and stock. 

Three years afterwards representative government 
was abandoned in Jamaica, and Kingston ceased to be a 
corporate city. All the powers and immunities of the 
common council were transferred to a nominated municipal 
board created by Law 8 of 1866, the privilege of making 
ordinances for the regulation of the city being transferred 
to the Governor in Privy Council. Since 1885 its affairs 
have been administered by a mayor and city council, 
elected every three years, similar to the parochial boards 
of the other parishes. 

For many years it had become evident that the con- 
venience of the Government and of the general pubhc 
would be best served by a transfer of the seat of government 


from Spanish Town, and in 1872 Sir John Grant, with the 
approval of the Secretary of "State for the Colonies, gave 
effect to the change. 

A calamitous fire occurred in Kingston on December 11, 
1882, by which a large section of the business portion of 
the city was destroyed. The total number of houses 
entirely destroyed was five hundred and seventy-seven, 
whilst twelve were partially destroyed. These places 
were inhabited by about six thousand persons. The total 
loss of house property was estimated at between £150,000 
and £220,000. 

On January 14, 1907, the city suffered great damage 
from the disastrous earthquake of that date and from fire. 
Much the same area as that devastated by fire in 1882 was 
destroyed in the fire of 1907, in addition to the havoc caused 
by the earthquake. The loss of lite was variously esti- 
mated as between 1000 and 1500. The value of property 
destroyed amounted to between £1,000,000 and £1,500,000. 
A Mansion House fund for the relief of, the sufferers 
amounted to £55,395, and a free Imperial gi:ant was made 
by Parliament of £150,000 and a loan of" £800,000 was 
authorised. The relief funds were distributed by a Relief 
Committee, afterwards the Assistance Committee, con- 
stituted by the Assistance Committee Law 20 of 1907. 
After considerable delay and much negotiations, and on 
the failure of an appeal in a test case to the Judicial Com- 
mittee of the Privy Council, the insurance companies 
agreed to pay the claims to the extent of 85 per cent, on 
the face values of the policies, and the money was dis- 
tributed in 1909. 

The Imperial Loan was administered by a Loan Board 
created by law. Up to March 31, 1914, loans had been 
made to the value of £326,000. 

A fair number of the streets of Kingston have personal 
names. Those named after Governors : Beeston street, 
(Sir "William Beeston, 1692-1701) ; Beckford street (Sir 
Peter Beckford, 1702) ; Heywood street (Peter Heywood, 
1716-17) ; Laws (sic) street (Sir Nicholas Lawes, 1718- 
22) ; Elletson road (Roger Hope Elletson, 1766-67) ; 


Nugent lane (General Nugent, 1801-6) ; Manchester 
square (Duke' of Manchester, 1808-27); Elgin street and 
Lord Elgin street (Earl of Elgin, 1842^6); Darhng 
street (Captain Charles Darhng, 1857-62) ; Musgrave 
avenue (Sir Anthony Musgrave, 1878-83) ; Norman 
road, Norman crescent and Norman range (Sir Henry 
Norman, 1883-89) ; and Blake road (Sir Henry Blake, 

There was a Thomas Allman, clerk to the Agent Vic- 
tuallers at Jamaica, who was wanted for forgery and em- 
bezzhng £1283 in 1743 : but Allman Town, which came 
into existence soon after Emancipation, was, so Mr. G. P. 
Judah stated, named after George Allman, who was either 
an officer in the army or the son of one. 

Barry street reminds us of Colonel Samuel Barry, who 
was one of the first Council named in 1661, and owned the 
land on which Kingston was built. The land called Colonel 
Barry's Hog Crawle was sold to Beeston, who had it laid 
out in lots for the building of Kingston. BjTidloss lane 
bears the name of a family which in the seventeenth and 
early eighteenth centuries supphed seven members to the 
Assembly — the earhest being Colonel Robert Byndloss, 
member for Cagua in 1663. Barnes guUy recalls Joseph 
Barnes, mayor, custos and representative in the Assembly 
of Kingston, who died in 1829. Bowrey road reminds 
us of a recent island chemist, from whose property the road 
was formed. Hibbert street also recalls a family closely 
connected with Jamaica in the eighteenth and nineteenth 
centuries, one member of which built Head-quarters House, 
formerly known as Hibbert house. Marescaux road, 
north of Kingston, reminds us of the late manager of the 
Colonial Bank. Orange and Hanover streets refer to 
reigning houses of England. 

It is probable that Pechon street was named after 
Major John Bonnet Pechon, who was assistant engineer 
on the military staff in 1809, and later island engineer. 
He died in 1815. Princess street is a corruption of Prince's 
street, as it was called in Beeston's time. It is called 
Rue du Prince on a French translation of Lilly's map. 


Sutton street was probably named after Colonel Thomas 
Sutton, who was speaker of the Assembly at the time of 
the earthquake of 1692. Temple lane in Kingston, as 
well as Temple Hall in St. Andrew, was named after 
Susanna Temple, the fourth wife of Sir Nicholas Lawes, 
sister of "la belle Temple " of de Grammont, the wife of 
Sir Charles Lyttelton. Whence Tower street obtained its 
name is not known. The following has been suggested as 
the origin. In the very early days of Kingston the town 
had a rector but no church. The rector lived in Tower 
street. It is thought that the rector's house may have been 
used as a church and had a tower and bell.' 

Wildman street is named after James Wildman, a 
member of the Council in 1786, and later fellow member 
of Parhament for Hindon with Monk Lewis, another 
Jamaica proprietor. 

Though they omitted for two centuries to dedicate their 
parish church to a patron saint, the people of Kingston 
named five of their lanes after the Apostles. 

Dr. Samuel Knight, who practised medicine in the 
island " magna cum laude " for thirty-four years, re- 
presented Kingston in the Assembly in 1698 and 1701 ; he 
lies buried in the church. 

In 1694, when an Act was passed for raising money " to 
solicit in England the affairs of this Their Majesties' island," 
the parish of St. Andrew was taxed to the extent of 
£52 17s. 5d., St. Katherine £56 16s. 3d., and others in less 
amounts ; Kingston only being called upon to contribute 
£19 5s. : but soon after, on another tax being raised, 
Kingston was regarded as being on a par with Port Royal 
and St. Jago de la Vega. 

It is interesting to note that in 1699 a law was passed 
uniting the precincts of St. Andrew and Kingston for the 
purpose of keeping their courts and sessions. This law was 
repealed in 1704, by which time the new town had become 
more prosperous. 

Thejchurch has always been known as Kingston Parish 
Church, and there is no record of its ever having been 
dedicated to any saint until, at the time of the recent 



consecration of the new building'(in 1911), it was decided 
to dedicate it to St. Thomas. 

• The first traceable documentary reference to the church 
occurs under date October 1701, when the land was sold 
to the churchwardens. In March 1702-3 it is recorded 
in, the " Votes " in the house of Assembly, that the com- 
missioners appointed to receive claims and make dis- 
tributions of the lands, under the Act of that year, " to 
invest Her Majesty in land in Kingston, for the reception 


of the sufiEerers by the late dreadful fire at Port Royal, 
declaring Kingston to be the chief seat of trade and head 
port of entry, and fortifying West Chester," gave notice 
that they would sit in the church at Kingston. But the 
Act was disallowed fn the following year ; and West Chester, 
wherever it may have been (probably the western part 
of the town), was never fortified. It is interesting to note 
that the only serious rival to Kingston in its claim to be 
made the chief seat of trade was Old Harbour. The use 
of the parish church for civic purposes was by no means 
unusual in those days in England : for instance, from 1576 
(the date of the town receiving a charter) till 1794 the paroise 


(or priest's chamber) over the porch of the parish church 
of Hythe was used as a town hall. 

There were probably in Jamaica nine churches of older 
foundation than Kingston — ^those at Spanish Town, Port 
Royal, Halfway-Tree, St. John's (in Guanaboa Vale), Port 
Morant, Yallahs, The Alley, Old Harbour and one other. 
Kingston, till an earlier year can be assigned, must rest 
content with 1699, the date of its oldest tomb — that to 
William Hall, a merchant of Kingston and member of 
Assembly for St. Andrew from 1694 to 1699 (one of the 
Halls of Lincolnshire) — although it was possibly erected 
in or about 1695. On the other hand, if the church was 
standing in 1701, it is odd that it is not mentioned in the 
deed conveying the land given by Sir William and Lady 
Beeston to the churchwardens. 

The following is a copy of the register : 

Lib. 33. Fol. 85. Beeston, Sir William et Ux. 

Dated 13th October, 1701. to 

Enrolled October 28th, 1701. The Churchwardens of 

Josiah Heathcote and 
Peter Caillard. 
All these two lotts or paroells of land with the appurtenance 
thereunto belonging being part and parcell of the said five hundred 
and thirty acres of land situate and lying and being in the said 
Towne of Kingston both the said lots containing one hundred foot 
to the High Street westward one hundred and fifty foot northward 
to the Parade one hundred foot East to Temple Lane and one 
hundred and fifty foot South to the land of the said Sir William 

It is probable that a temporary building was at first 
erected, and was served by the rectors of Halfway Tree 
and Port Royal pending the appointment of a rector ; and 
that the permanent structure of the church was only 
commenced after the land had been given by Beeston. 

In 1703 a sermon was " preached at King's Town in 
Jamaica upon June 7, being the Anniversary Fast for that 
Dreadful Earthquake which happened there in the year 
1692, by William Corbin." This was " printed and sold 
by William Bradford at the Bible in New York, 1703." 


James Knight, whose manuscript history of Jamaica 
(dating from 1746) is in the British Museum,, thus describes 
the Kingston of his day, which he represented in the 
Assembly from 1722 to 1735, with intervals : 

The plan of the town is three-fourths of a mile in length, N. and 
S., and half a mile in breadth, E. and W. Streets are Broad and 
are Regularly laid out with a Parade in the centre. The South 
part is built from one end to the other as high as the Parade and 
many buildings are scattered in the North part so that there are 
now 1200 Houses and Storehouses, most of which are handsome 
Buildings, two stories high besides garrets. They are covered with 
shingles, sashed and glazed with Piazzas before every house so that 
a man may walk from one end to the other without going in the sun 
but in crossing streets. The church, which is a handsome building 
in form of a cross, is 120 feet in length and stands in the S.E. part 
of the Parade, the pulpit, pews and wainscote about 8 feet in height 
are all neatly made with cedar, and it has a very good organ in it. 
There is also in the town a Quakers' Meeting House and a Jews' 
Synagogue, no other place of Public Worship, though there are 
grounds to believe some Roman Catholics or disguised Papists 
and Priests privately assemble and meet together. There is also 
a very good Town Hall about 80 feet in length and 30 in breadth 
on the South side and fronting of King Street, with a Piazza round 
whichismadeuseof as an exchange. . . . Kingston being the most 
popular parish in the island, and a great number of strangers 
resorting to it yearly, the Benefice is estimated at six hundred 
pounds per annum currency." 

The anonymous author of an undated work, published 
in London in 1740, entitled " The importance of Jamaica 
to Great Britain, considered. ... In a Letter to a Gentle- 
man," thus refers to the church : 

There is a handsome neat church, which consists of four Isles ; 
the Pulpit-Cloth is red Velvet, with Gold Fringes ; the Seats large, 
uniform and airy ; has a good Organ ; but the Church has no 
steeple, there is no Bell hung up in it, but 'tis supplied by a small 
one set up on a Frame not far from it ; a large one lies in readiness 
to be set up when they think proper, or have a Conveniency to hold 
it. The Churchyard is wall'd in, which has several Tombs in it ; 
in the Church under the Altar, lies the brave Admiral Bembow {sic) ; 
and in another burying-place is a Tomb, which bears the Arms and 
Name of one of the noble Family of the Talbots. 

From this it appears that the tower had probably been 
erected between 1740 and 1774, for Long, whose history 


was published in 1774 — easily pleased in matters architec- 
tural — calls it " a large elegant building, of four aisles, 
which has ajfine organ, a tower and spire, with a large 
clock. The tower is well-constructed, and a very great 
ornament to the town." " The Rector's stipend," he 
adds, " as fixed by Law, is only £250 ; but the surplice- 
fees are so large, that his income is supposed at least to 
be £1000 per annum, Jamaica currency (£715 Stirling)." 
His " four aisles " is a very free use of the term. The 
church was in his time an aisleless, cruciform building, 
but Greek rather than Latin in shape, a not uncommon 
custom in Jamaica in early days. 

In 1808 the mayor and commonalty of Kingston 
petitioned the House of Assembly, inter alia, that " the 
resort of persons to the parish church of the parish of 
Kingston for public worship hath of late years so much 
increased that the said church cannot with convenience 
accommodate them." 

In the " Jamaica Magazine " for 1813 we read : " An or- 
dinance was passed in Common Council of Kingston, the 
same day (15th) for punishing all persons conducting 
themselves in a manner offensive to public decorum in 
the church. It enacts a punishment on all white and free 
persons of £100 fine or three months imprisonment . for 
such an ofience, and on slaves thirty-nine stripes or three 
months imprisonment." 

" Monk Lewis," who saw it in 1816, says : 

The churchis alargeone, but it is going to be still further extended, 
the negroes in Kingston and neighbourhood being (as the Rector 
assured me) so anxious to obtain religious instruction, that on 
Sundays not only the church but the churchyard is so completely 
thronged with them, as to make it difficult to traverse the crowd ; 
and those who are fortunate enough to obtain seats for the morning 
service, through fear of being excluded from the evening, never 
stir out of the church the whole day. They also flock to be baptised 
in great numbers, and many have lately come to be married ; and 
their burials and christenings are performed with great pomp and 

James HakewiU, the architect, who was here in 1820, 
in his " Picturesque Tour," calls the church truly " a plain, 


convenient structure, but without any pretensions to 
architectural beauty." 

The Rev. R. Bickell, who had been naval chaplain at 
Port Royal and for some time curate of Kingston, wrote 
in his " West Indies as they are," in 1825 : 

In the city and parish of Kingston, there is but one church, 
which will hold nearly a thousand people ; it is thronged every 
Sunday morning, principally by free people of colour, and free 
blacks. Indeed, had there been two or three churches more built 
in this populous city, six or seven years ago, and zealous clergymen 
appointed to them, I feel confident in saying, they would, ere 
now, have been equally thronged ; but, though there are eight or 
ten thousand slaves in the place, and a greater number of free people, 
with several thousand white inhabitants, an island curate has never 
been appointed there, and consequently a chapel of ease has never 
been built : on this account, seeing so good an opening, the Dissenters 
have been very active, and have four or five places of worship, three 
of them built within the last three years ; the Scotch, and other 
Presbyterians, have a very large kirk (built principally with 
Episcopalians' money) which is not half filled ; but the Wesleyans 
have two large chapels, capable of containing more than two 
thousand persons, and which are well attended (even filled I have 
been told) morning and evening, chiefly by negroes and people 
of colour. The Baptists have also a large and handsoine chapel 
well attended by Blacks and Browns, besides a smaller one occasion- 
ally opened. There is also a Catholic chapel for the French and 
other foreigners. 

In the " Estimate of Contingencies for the City and Parish 
of Kingston for the year 1830" occur the following 
entries : 

Chduch £ a. d. 

Rector's compensation money, 110?. ; house-rent, 200Z. ; 

burying, 50? 360 

Clerk'ssalary, 70?. ; taking care of plate, 15?. ; palls,10?. 95 
Sexton's salary, 70?. ; digging graves, 25?.; ringing the 

bell, 25? • . . . 120 

Keeper of the town clock salary, 40?. ; repairs to organ, 

120? 160 

Sundry repairs and alterations for the present year . 200 
Organist's salary, 130?. ; beadle's salary, 84?. ; lighting 

up the church, 132?. ..... 

Amount required for the Chapel of Ease . 

. 346 




This of course does not include the stipends of rector 
and curate, which were paid by the Government. 

N. B. Dennys, who was here in 1861, writing in " An 
Account of the Cruise of the'iSl George " (1862), miscalls 
the church St. : Andrews and describes it as a " small 
building, whose only point of interest seemed to be its 
extreme old age." 

Of the fabric of the church wrecked by the earthquake 
of 1907 nothing much need be said. It was a simple 
brick structure with concrete piQars and round-headed 
arches and window openings. Cruciform in shape, in 
accordance with Enghsh custom it was oriented with its 
altar at the east end. The pulpit and reading-desk 
originally stood, as was the case at HaKway Tree, Port 
Royal and Montego Bay, at the transept, almost in the 
centre of the building. 

The present building was erected from a design by 
Mr. B. A. Raves at a cost of £6000, in reinforced concrete 
on the old foundations, and as nearly as possible similar 
in design, with the omission of the tower. The window 
openings differ from those of the old building ; two of 
them being decidedly original in design. The new building 
was consecrated on January 17, 1911, by the Archbishop 
of the West Indies, assisted by the Bishops of St. 
Albans, North CaroHna, Honduras and Antigua, the 
Coadjutor Bishop of Jamaica, and the Assistant Bishop 
of Toronto. 

About the beginning of the nineteenth century, as 
" Monk Lewis " mentions, the church was extended in 
length and the renaissance baldachin, which was not 
replaced after the recent rebuilding, an unusual addition 
to an Anglican church, was, it is said, added by the then 
rector, the Rev. Isaac Mann. Some thought they saw in 
the floral device immediately beneath the crown over the 
centre of the baldachin, the monogram W.M., which they 
took to stand for William and Mary, but there are no 
grounds for the Supposition, and the structure was probably 
of later date. 

In Duperly's view taken in about 1844 the old sash 


windows appear ; and the old^curved lead gargoyles, most 
of which were removed later, are very evident. 

In 1883-85, during the incumbency of Archdeacon 
Downer, who held the living for thirty-five years and 
took part in the recent consecration service, the church, 
which in 1873 consisted of nave and transepts without 
side aisles, was considerably enlarged by G. Messiter^ 
by the addition of two side aisles on each side, giving 
extra accommodation for 500 persons, making the building 
available for 1300 in all. 

The aisles nearest the nave extended the full length 
of the fabric, while the exterior ones only ran east of the 
transepts. This, added to their apsidal form, gave, and 
gives, the church the appearance of a miniature cathedral 
in plan. Pieces of the original outside walls could, till the 
recent reconstruction, be seen in situ in corners of the 
transept. The original windows were removed to the new 
outer walls and the mural monuments were taken down 
and replaced on the new walls, a process which had to be 
repeated in 1910. When some of the old walls were pulled 
down many massive beams of timber were found embedded 
in the masonry, placed in several directions. Some of 
them were ten or fifteen feet long, many inches in diameter 
and of bully-wood in perfectly sound condition. Some, 
including Messiter the architect, thought that these were 
put in to strengthen the walls in case of a repetition of 
the Port Royal earthquake of a few years before : and 
they certainly suggest the method of construction adopted 
by the Spaniards for that purpose and described in Long's 
history. At the same time, when the foundation of the 
east wall was underpinned, a large vault under the altar 
was opened ; and in it was found a coffin — covered with 
the remains of velvet and gilt ornaments, apparently of 
a most expensive character — ^thought to have been Admiral 

The oldest dated Communion plate is of the year 1707. 
Two patens were the gift of Mrs. Ann Plowman ; and two 
other pieces, a chaHoe and flagon, were given by Mr. Elias 
Nezerau in that year. Mrs. EHzabeth Sillers gave in 1721 


a flagon identical with that given by Mr. Nezerau fourteen 
years earlier. Both flagons bear the maker's mark. 

The clock dates from 1801, the organ from 1878, the 
lectern from 1886, the beU from 1890, the pulpit (of white 
stone, with marble columns) from 1891, when it was erected 
in memory of a former rector, Archdeacon Campbell, his 
brother Dr. Charles Campbell, and the doctor's partner, 
Dr. Bowerbank. 

The rose window in the north transept, representing 
the Good Samaritan, with medallions of St. John, St. 
Peter, St. Stephen, St. Andrew as deacon, and St. Stephen 
as martyr, was put up in 1888 to the memory of the Hon. 
H. P. Colthirst, a churchwarden, and his children. The 
corresponding window, of 1887, in the south transept, 
representing, in the centre, the Angel at the Sepulchre, 
surrounded by cherubs, is a memorial to Mr. C. A. Robinson 
and children. These two windows gave a good illustration 
of the manner in which concrete, even before the earth- 
quake of 1907, was made to do duty for stone in Jamaica- 
Portions of the glass from these windows have, in the 
recent reconstruction, been scattered throughout various 
window openings. The window at the east end of the 
north aisle, heraldic and geometric in character, was erected 
to the Hon. Dr. Hamilton, District Grand Master of the 
Freemasons in Jamaica. The east window was erected 
in 1914 in memory of Archdeacon Downer. 

The vestry was built in 1895, and in that year the old 
brick wall which formerly surrounded the churchyard was 
replaced by the present railing. The City Council con- 
tributed £50 towards the cost of the bell on the condition 
that it should be rung at nine o'clock every evening 
— a reminiscence of the EngUsh curfew which is still 

Beside the west door were hung the old colours of the 
2nd Battalion of the West India Regiment, returned to 
the rebuilt garrison chapel at Up-Park Camp in 1912, 
and on either side are monumental brasses — one (1896) 
to the memory of officers and men of the 1st Battalion 
W.I.R. who fell in West Africa in various expeditions, and 


another (1898) to officers who died of fever on the West 
Coast of Africa and in this island ; and there are marble 
tablets to the officers of the 1st and 3rd W.I.R. who died 
here and elsewhere in the West Indies of yellow fever in 

The following is as perfect a list of the rectors of the 
parish as it has been found possible to compile : 

1701-(?) 1714. Rev. William Collins. 

1715 Rev. — Skipp. 

1722-1754. Rev. William May, M.A. 

1729 Rev. Charles Lambe, D.D. 

1754H765. Rev. Robert Atkins. 

1766-1768. Rev. John Pool. 

1768-1776. Rev. Thomas Coxeter. 

1776-1784. Rev. William Morgan, D.D. 

1784-1805. Rev. Thomas Rees. 

1805-1813. Rev. Alexander Campbell, M.A. 

1813-1828. Rev. Isaac Mann, M.A. 

1829-1847. Ven. Archdeacon Edward Pope, D.D. 

1848-1860. Ven. Archdeacon Thomas Stewart, D.D. 

1861-1872. Ven. Archdeacon Duncan Houston Campbell, M.A. 

1873-1908. Ven. Archdeacon George William Downer. 

1908. Rev. R. J. Ripley. 

It is difficult to understand how Lambe came to be 
rector during May's tenure of office. It may have been 
an acting appointment during the incumbent's iUness. 
The authority for including Lambe in the hst of rectors 
is the following entry in Foster's " Alumni Oxonienses " : 

Lambe, Charles. S. John [Dean of Ely]. Ch. Ch. Matric. 1697, 
aged 18 [or 13] ; B.A. 1701, M.A. from King's Coll., Cambridge, 1709. 
D.D. Lambeth, 1722. . . . Chaplain to the Duke of Portland when 
Governor of Jamaica, Rector of Kingston, Jamaica, 1729. 

The records of the parish church of Kingston extant 
unfortunately only go as far back as the year 1722, the 
date of the first " Christening " recorded. The marriages 
at that time were by Hcence, or Bannis tribus vicibus 
promulgatis. By recent legislation one caUing of the banns 
is sufficient. It is curious to note the large number of 
widows amongst the brides and of mariners amongst the 
bridegrooms. One of the best kept registers is that of 


baptisms, commenced in 1785 by the Rev. Thomas Rees. 
The first entry is : 

Joseph Fermell Brookbank, the son of Mary Pennell, a free 
mulatto woman, by George Brookbank, was born April 12, 1779, 
Bapt. Jany. 1, 1785. 

The next entry, more Jamaicense, records the baptism of 
"^Jamima Beaumont, the daughter of Mary Fennell, by 
James Beaumont." Two out of the first seven entries 
in this register are of children of married women, which 
unfortunately would not be, according to the Registrar- 
General's returns, a bad record even for to-day. On 
Christmas Day, 1786, the rector baptized twelve of his 
own slaves en bloc. 

Those who were baptized are described as black, or 
negro ; mulatto ; sambo ; quadroon ; mestee,^ or mustee ; 
brown ; of colour ; Indian (these were probably from 
the Mosquito Coast) ; and slave, or property of ; and 
free. The old African names of Quashie, Quasheba and 
the like were replaced by ordinary Christian names, with 
a partiaUty for BibUcal ones, with here and there a classic 
designation. The names on one page, taken at random, 
of the register for 1797 are : John, Sarah, Richard, Lucretia, 
Susanna, Margaret, Hannah, Jeremiah, James, WiUiam, 
Edward, Cilly (sic), Juno, Mary, Eleanor, Joseph. These, 
in the main, simple names are preferable to the^Thomasina, 
Justina, Rosina, and so on, affected to-day. 

In 1745 Cornelius Lilly, " of the parish of Kingston, 
mariner," was married to Jane Macky of the same parish. 
One wonders whether he was a relation of Colonel Christian 
Lilly who had laid out the town. The first burial recorded 
is under date March 27, 1741, " Ralph Greathead, belonging 
to the Sheldon, Capt. Read, Command." The ship Shddon 
possibly belonged to the owner of Sheldon, a property in 
the Blue Mountains. The baptism in 1797 of "Dorothy 
Morgan Mahony, a negro woman slave of Thomas Mahony, 
aged forty years," recalls DoUy Mahony's Gap in the St. 
Andrew Mountains. 

The foUowing particulars of the baptisms solemnised 
in the parish church in the year 1828 may be of interest : 


White 10 

Coloured .... . . 164 

Black ... . . 54 

No memo made of colour . . . . 53 

Slaves — Coloured ... .40 
Black 276 




Erom its position of principal church in the chief town 
of the island, Kingston parish church is frequently chosen 
for the holding of state and other important services rather 
than the cathedral of Spanish Town, which now finds itself 
left by the stream of time in a civic backwater. 

With the exception of the cathedral at Spanish Town 
more celebrated personages have been buried within the 
walls of Kingston parish church than in those of any other 
church in the island. 

Of the memorials, the most interesting is the tomb of 
Benbow, of dark blue slate, in the chancel, the inscription 
on which is curiously inaccurate. He was not, we learn 
in his life in the " Dictionary of National Biography," an 
admiral of the white, but vice-admiral of the blue. He was 
not fifty-one years old at his death, but forty-nine ; and 
the arms'carved on it are not his. The arms are : Palewise, 
two bent bows between two sheaves of arrows ; the crest, 
on an esquire's helmet, a harpy. The following is the 
inscription : 

Here Lyeth Interred the Body of John Benbow Esq: Admiral 
of the White : a true Pattern- of English Courage who Lost his 
life In Defence of his Queene & Country, November ye 4th 1702 
In the 52nd year of his age by a wound In his Legg, Reoeeiu'd 
In an Engagement with Monsr. du Casse, Being Much Lamented. 

Of the monuments, there are only four of artistic merit — 
three by John Bacon, aU similar in style, figures carved 
in high relief against a pyramidal background of marble ; 
and one without the sculptor's name, in the north^wall 
of the inner north transept, to Edward Mamiing. It 
consists of a bust in mezzo-rehevo. If executed shortly 


after Manning's death in 1756, it is too early for a work 
by Bacon. It is a good example of English sculpture of 
that time, and it is possibly by Roubihac, by whom there 
is a monument of the year 1754 to Lieutenant Stapleton 
in Port Royal church, or more probably by John Cheere 
(brother of Sir Henry Cheere, Roubiliac's instructor for 
some time), by whom there is a monument of the year 
1733 to the Hon. James Lawes (eldest son of Sir Nicholas 
Lawes) in Halfway-Tree church. Cheere's work resembles 
more closely the Manning bust than does that of the more 
florid Roubiliac. As was the case with Bacon, one com- 
mission for Jamaica sometimes led to others. The arms 
on the Manning monument are wrongly blazoned in 
Lawrence- Archer's " Monumental Inscriptions of the 
British Indies." They are : Gules, a cross fleurie [not 
mohne] or between four [not three] trefoils slipped or. 

Of the monuments by Bacon, that to Malcolm Laing 
and his wife (1794) represents a female figure seated, 
emblematic of grief ; the phoenix, of which Bacon was 
fond, is introduced in the background. 

The monument to Dr. Fortunatus Dwarris, member 
of the House of Assembly for St. George (which is now 
merged in Portland), and his stepdaughter (1792), represents 
a recumbent female figure resting on an urn, gazing at an 
angel conducting the soul of the departed upwards. In 
it the poetry on the urn descriptive of the scene represented 
is hardly equal to Bacon's art : 

Ascend to Bliss ye gentle Spirits 

Where yon Angel soars above : 
Their Virtue her Reward Inherits 

Crowne'd with Heav'n's eternal love. 

Sir Fortunatus William Lilley Dwarris (d. 1860), the 
lawyer and antiquary, eldest son of William Dwarris, of 
Warwick, England, and Golden Grove, Jamaica, of which 
he was a native, was a member of the same family. 

The monument to John Wolmer (1789) is on the west 
wall of the outer north aisle. Of the three monuments 
by Bacon this is the best. Erected just sixty years after 


Wolmer's death, it represents a seated figure of Liberality, 
carved in high reHef, holding a medaUion, on which the 
crest of the school, the sun of Learning breaking through 
a cloud of Ignorance, is represented. On the supporting 
brackets are scholastic emblems — a quiU pen, a book, 
parchment, scientific instruments and the like. 

Besides the three monuments in this church already 
mentioned, there is another monument to Mary, daughter 
of Dawkins Carr (who died in 1798). It is in the usual 
pyramidal form, and represents a classic urn on a pedestal. 
It is signed " J. Bacon, set., London, 1799," and must 
have been one of the last works sent out of his studio in 
his lifetime, for he died in that year. 

Some monuments make one wish that the admirers 
of the worthies represented had followed the Erewhonian 
plan of paying the sculptor on condition that he did not 
make the statue, letting into the pavement a small in- 
scription where it would have stood, as was the case in 
that delectable country. The tribute of respect would 
have been paid to the deceased, and the rest of the public 
would have suffered no inconvenience. 

Other tombs of interest in the church are those to Smart 
Pennant (wife of the rector, WiUiam May), who " was 
kiU'd in ye 23rd year of her age by ye faU of an house in 
ye great storm, August ye 28th, a.d. 1722" (when her 
husband's leg was also broken ; he was commissary to 
the Bishop of London) ; to Susanna, wife of Colonel 
WiUiam Grordon (d. 1731), of the family which gave its 
name to Gordon Town ; to Captain Charles Brown (d. 1747), 
who is evidently the Commodore Brown who was described 
in a pamphlet published in 1740 as living in Kingston, 
" and entertain' d the gentlemen and Ladies about Ligunea 
once a fortnight with an Assembly " ; to Captain Samuel 
Phillips (died in 1757, aged 54), who, as the inscription 
tells us, " Commanded the Alexander, Private Ship of War, 
out of Bristoll, and Cut His Majesties Ship Solebay out of 
St. Martin's Road the 10th of AprU, 1746, for which he had 
the honour to kis His Majesties hand and Received a Gold 
Medal and Chain. Alexander 140 Men and Solebay 220 


men " ; to John Jaques (d. 1815), first mayor of Kingston ; 
to Hon. George Kinghorne (1823), custos of Kingston ; to 
Hon. Joseph Barnes (d. 1829), mayor and custos of 
Kingston, whose memory lives in Barnes GuUy ; to Virginia 
Fairfax, wife of Peter Alexander Espeut, and daughter of 
Colonel Robert Munroe Harrison, consul-general of the 
United States of America for Jamaica ; to Lieut.-Colonel 
Sir Alexander Leith, Bt. ; to WiUiam James Stevenson, 
receiver-general ; to Ebenezer Reid (d. 1843), headmaster 
of Wolmer's school for twenty-eight years (the monument 
was erected by his pupils) ; to William Augustus Hunt 
(d, 1852), another headmaster of Wolmer's school, a 
member of the famUy of Barbadian Hunts of which Leigh 
Hunt was one ; to Bartholomew Owen Williams (d. 1830), 
founder of the Sussex Lodge of Freemasons ; to Colonel 
Hill (d. 1819), who took part in the engagements of Vimiera 
and Vittoria ; and to Dr. Edward Nathaniel Bancroft 
(d. 1842), deputy inspector-general of Army Hospitals. 

Of tombs of special biographical interest are those of 
Benbow, Rowley and Brown, sailors ; May, Mann and 
Humberstone, clergymen ; Campbell, an author"; Higson, 
a botanist ; Wolmer, a philanthropist ; and^Manning, 
Lawrence, Mitchell and Jordan, politicians. 

At the principal entrance to the north transept was a 
large dark blue slate slab, foot-worn, but without an 

" The story is," says Lawrence- Archer, " that it is turned 
on its face, to conceal the epitaph of an early Rector of 
the parish, who was hanged for coining counterfeit doub- 
loons in the vestry. It is said he was discovered in con- 
sequence of having issued one from his mint before it was 
quite cold. The story is most improbable." In 1885 the 
slab was raised and turned, when it was found to be to the 
memory of James Ramadge, a merchant of Kingston, who 
died in 1755, aged thirty-three years. Why it had ever 
been placed face downwards is not known. But that there 
is some reason for the legend is proved by a reference to 
the "St. Jago de la Vega Gazette " for December 19, 1801, 
where we read : 


A number of counterfeit Doubloons and Eight-Dollar pieces 
are now in circulation. The inscription on the face is Carol's 3d., 
date 1761. The face does not by any means resemble any effigy 
given of him or any coins issued by Spanish Government during 
his reign. It is a perfect- copy of the head of Ferdinand the 6th, 
which appears on the doubloons issued by him ten years before 
the accession of Charles the 3rd to the throne. The pieces now in 
circulation are said to have been coined by a Reverend Mr. Smith, 
who suffered for the crime many years ago on the Kingston Parade. 

Can this have been the Hadden Smith who was ciirate 
of Eangston parish church in 1766 ? 

The death of Peter WagstafEe (who died in 1759) was 
curiously enough recorded on two tombstones, both lying 
in the north aisle. 

In the churchyard are three interesting tombstones, 
those of Janet Scott, sister to Michael Scott (the author 
of the well-known " Tom Cringle's Log "), who was two 
years her brother's senior, and evidently came out with 
him and his bride in 1818, when he returned from Glasgow 
to Jamaica ; to Robert Bogle, his brother-in-law, of the 
firm of Bogle, Harris & Co., of Glasgow ; and to Robert 
Hamilton, who was planting attorney to Sir Edward Hyde 
East, the owner of Maryland, on which stands Raymond 
HaU, where " Tom Cringle's Log " was written. Hamilton 
was a friend of Scott's, and was portrayed as Aaron Bang 
in the Log. The Scotts and the Bogles were evidently 
old friends. A " Jennet Scott, the daughter of Robert 
Bogle and Margaret his wife," was baptized on April 5, 
1793. She was probably a sister of the Robert Bogle 
who was Scott's brother-in-law. The following are the 
inscriptions on the three tombs : 

Here lies Interr'd the remains of Mr. Robert Bogle, third son of 
Robert Bogle, Esqr., Merchant, Glasgow, formerly of this city 
Merchant who departed this life on 21st December 1819 aged 18 years. 

Miss Janet Scott, fourth Daughter of Allan Scott, Esq., of Glasgow, 
departed this life on the 4th January 1819 aged 32 years. 

In memory of Robert Hamilton, Esq., of the Parish of St. Andrews, 
who departed this life on the 30th day of October 1826, aged 68 
years. His unbounded Hospitality and goodness of heart endeared 
him to all who knew him and his worth and amiable qualities will 


long live in the remembrance of his Family who pay this last tribute 
due to the Memory of a revered Father." 

The Hamilton tomb is close to the south door. The Scott 
and Bogle tombs are side by side further south. 

It is possible that the name of Murray Crymble, who was 
receiver-general in the middle of the eighteenth century, 
may have suggested to Scott the somewhat curious name 
of the hero of his novel. Crymble patented land in Grand 
Cayman in 1741. 

Copies of the inscriptions on all the tombs both in church 
and churchyard up to the year 1875 will be found in 
Lawrence- Archer's " Monumental Inscriptions of the British 
West Indies " (London, 1875) ; but many of the tombs 
mentioned by him as being in the churchyard were, at 
the enlargement of the church in 1883-85, placed on the 
floor of the side aisles. During the recent reconstruction 
of the church, many changes have taken place in the 
monuments and tombstones. 

The following brief biographical notes on some of the 
principal persons buried in the church and churchyard 
may have some interest : 

William Hall, youngest son of Edmund Hall, of Greatford Hall, 
Lincolnshire, was born in Lincolnshire in 1656, and was for a time 
British Consul at Bilbao. In 1687 he accompanied the DuJJe of 
Albemarle, as his secretary, when he came out as Governor to 
Jamaica. In the following year he married Elizabeth, daughter 
of William Wyatt. He was member of the Assembly for St. 
Andrew from 1695 till his death, which took place in 1699. 

Vicb-Admieal John Bbnbow, the son of a tanner, was born at 
Shrewsbury in 1653. In 1678 he entered the navy, and served 
in the Mediterranean, where he did good service against the 
Algerine corsairs. In 1686 he appears to have owned a ship in 
the Levant trade. In 1689 here-entered the navy, and became 
master attendant at Chatham Dockyard and at Deptford. In 
1690-92 he acted as Master of the Fleet; he was present at the 
engagements of Beachy Head, Barfleur and La Hogue. In 
1693-94 he commanded a flotilla of bomb vessels against the 
French ; and, though only a, captain, received the pay of rear- 
admiral, which rank he acquired in 1695 ; and in 1697 he became 
Commander-in-Chief of the King's ships in the West Indies, 
with especial orders to hunt down the pirates. The^help which he 
rendered to the Scotch colony in Darien was not acceptable to 


the English government. In 1700 he returned to England, but 
in the following year he was back in the West Indies, and in 1702 
he was stationed at Jamaica. From August 19 to the 24th of that 
year took place his engagement off Santa Martha with DuCasse, 
chef d'iscadre in the French navy, and a former governor of San 
Domingo, which has been called " the most disgraceful event in 
our navalrecords." Owing to the cowardice displayed by some of 
his captains, Benbow had to abandon pursuit. He court-martialled 
his captains, of whom two were shot, one cashiered and two 
suspended. Benbow died of his woimds at Port Royal on 
November 4, 1702. 
John Wolmeb, was a goldsmith, to whose benefaction the town of 
Kingston has for nearly two centuries been indebted for the 
excellent school bearing his name. Of his life little is known. 
On July 11, 1706, he married at Halfway Tree Mary Elizabeth 
Lumbard. From the name of one of the executors of his will 
(Samuel Kemer Main), as well as from his own, it is possible that he 
was of German or Swiss extraction. By his will, dated May 21, 
1729, he devised, after some small legacies mentioned therein, the 
rest and residue of his estate for the foundation of a Free School 
in the parish in which he should happen to die. This amounted 
to about £2360. He died on June 29, 1729, at Kingston, where 
he had resided for upwards of twenty years. In 1820 Wohner's 
Pen, adjoining Camp, was purchased by the authorities in order 
to secure a better water-supply for Camp. Although a bill was 
brought into the House of Assembly to give effect to the will in 
June 1731, and the matter was again revived in 1734, it was not 
till 1736, and then after many amendments and conferences 
between the Assembly and the Council, that a law was passed 
and the Trust put upon a &m basis. The marble to his memory 
in the church was erected " as a monument of public gratitude," 
sixty years after his death. 
Hon. Edward Pbattee, who died in 1735, aged 52, was member 
of the Assembly for Hanover in 1723-24 (he and John Morant 
being the first members for that parish) and for Kingston in 
1726-27, 1731, and 1732-33. He was receiver-general, and 
also agent in Jamaica for the South Sea Company. Kingston 
Gardens, in Kingston, was formerly known as Pratter Pond. 
Rev. William May, born at Ash, in Kent, in 1695, was edu- 
cated at St. John's College, Cambridge, was commissary of 
Jamaica, and for thirty-two years rector of Kingston. He died 
in January 1753-54. His first wife was Smart Mary, daughter 
of Edward Pennant, of Clarendon, widow of Thomas Peters, 
member for Clarendon ; his second wife was Bathusa, daughter 
of Florentius Vassall, of St. Elizabeth. His only surviving son, 
Rose Herring May, was a member of the Council and custos 
of Clarendon and Vere. 
Edward MAimiNa,whodiedinl756, aged 46, was a member of the 


House of Assemblyfor Kingston inl744,1745-46,1749andl762; 
and for Portland in 1754-55, in which year he was chosen speaker. 
He and his partner, James Ord (who also represented Kingston 
in the Assembly), were considered the principal merchants of the 
island in their day. In 1756 Manning was made a member of 
the Council. He was also custos of Kingston. His wife was 
Elizabeth, the only sister of Henry Moore, lieutenant-governor 
of Jamaica from 1756 to 1762, when he was created a baronet ; 
he became governor of New York in 1765. Moore's wife, 
Catherine Long (sister of the historian), gave her name to 
Catherine's Peak, the highest point in St. Andrew, as she was the 
firstlady to ascend it in 17 60. Manning's marriage with Elizabeth 
Moore was, after the taking of evidence, dissolved in 1739 by an 
Act of the legislature of the island, the co-respondent being 
Ballard Beckford (a member of the House of Assembly and a 
relation of the famous author of " Vathek"). This was the only 
Divorce Act ever passed in Jamaica, the Assembly being told 
they were not to pursue the same course again. The inscription 
on Manning's monument is given below, as only an abbreviation 
is given by Lawrence- Archer : 

Near this monument 

Lies interred the Body of Edward Manning, Esq. 

One of the Honourable Privy Council 

Speaker of the Assembly 

And Custos Rotulorum of this Parish 

In which Stations he distinguished himself. 

A true patriot to his country, in Private life he was remarkable 

for Filial Duty Steady Friendship and kind Benevolence to the 

Distressed which with his affable Disposition gained him the 

Esteem of all who had the Pleasure of knowing him. 
He died greatly lamented December 6th 1756 aged 46 years. 

Colonel James Lawbekce, the third son of John Lawrence and 
Susaima Petgrave, belonged to a family which was amongst the 
earliest and most extensive landed proprietors in the parish of 
St. James. In 1739 they owned four out of eight sugar estates 
in the parish. It is said, possibly without reason, that they 
were descended from Henry Lawrence, President of CromveU's 
Council, to whose son Milton addressed the sonnet, " Lawrence, 
of virtuous father virtuous son." John Lawrence emigrated to 
Barbados, coming on to Jamaica about 1675. James Lawrence 
was his grandson. In 1736 he commanded, as captain, a party 
raised in St. James and St. Ann to suppress rebellious negroes ; 
the House of Assembly voting to " each white shot, twenty 
shillings ; each black shot, ten shillings ; and each baggage- 
negro, five shillings," as a further encouragement to the party. 
He subsequently became colonel of the St. James regiment. 


He represented the parish of St. James in the three Assemblies 
which were held in Kingston (the only Assemblies ever con- 
vened in that town), which met on October 21, 1754, on January 
20 and on April 8, 1755, when he supported the governor, Admiral 
Charles Knowles, in his scheme for the transference of the legis- 
lature, courts and public offices from Spanish Town to Kingston. 
Party feeling ran high. Many of the Spanish Town party ren- 
dered the formation of a quorum difficult by withdrawing them- 
selves from meetings — the two Prices, Roger Hope Elletson, 
William Nedham, Thomas Beach and others, and refused to obey 
the summons of the Speaker for their attendance. For this 
seventeen members were expelled the House, but all but two were 
re-elected by their constituencies. The House sat usually in the 
court house, but once it met at Wolmer's school house and at 
Hibbert house (the present Headquarters house, where the 
legislative council now sits), and sometimes at Dr. Clarke's 
house. In 1755 Lawrence was made custos rotulorum of the 
parish of St. James, and in that year he erected the square in 
Montego Bay, which he called Charles Square, in honour of his 
friend and patron, the governor. His wife, Mary, was daughter 
of Colonel Richard James, of Hanover, who was the iirst child 
born of English parents in Jamaica. Lawrence died at Kingston 
in 1756, aged forty -six. Lawrence- Archer's statement to the 
effect that " he was buried there 16th June " is made in error to 
appear as though it was part of the inscription. 

Archibald Campbell, who died at Kingston on December 16, 
1780, in the fifty-fourth year of his age, was the son of a divine 
of Edinburgh of the same name. A classical scholar, he all his 
lifetime dabbled in books ; but he became purser of a man-of- 
war and led a wandering and unsettled life. In 1745 William 
Falconer (author of the "Shipwreck"), who was serving on the 
same ship, became his servant. About 1760, on a long voyage, 
Campbell read the " Rambler," and soon afterwards at Pensaoola 
wrote " Lexiphanes " and the " Sale of Authors." The former, 
a dialogue in imitation of Lucian, was published in order to 
cast ridicule on Dr. Johnson's style. Issued anonymously in 1 7 67 , 
it was attributed by Sir John Hawkins to Dr. Kenriok. It is not 
known when or why Campbell came to Jamaica. 

Richard Cargill, colonel of the St. Thomas Regiment of Foot 
Militia, and member for that parish of the House of Assembly, 
died in 1781, aged thirty -seven years. The first reference to the 
Cargill family in Jamaica is to " one Cargill," who is believed to 
have slain in a duel Thomas, son of Colonel Peter Beckford, 
in 1731. 

Thomas Higson, a merchant of Kingston, who was born in 1773, 
succeeded Macfadyen as island botanist and curator of the 
Gardens at Bath in 1828, which post he held till 1832. He 
presented to the garden a collection of living plants collected 


by himself in South America. He died in Kingston in 1836, 
in the sixty-fourth year of his age. 

Vioe-Admieal Bartholomew Samuel Rowley was the second 
son of Vice-Admiral Sir Joshua Rowley. He was commander- 
in-chief at Jamaica froml809tilll811, when he died on October?, 
aged forty-seven years. He was buried in the churchyard. A 
monument to him is over the west door. 

Rbab- Admiral Willlam Brown was a member of an old Leicester- 
shire family. He was made a lieutenant in the Navy in 1788, 
a commander in 1792, and was raised to post rank in the next 
year. In 1794 he served in the Channel under Lord Howe. In 
1806 he took part in the engagement ofE Cape Finisterre. He 
missed being present at Trafalgar by going home to give evidence 
at Calder's court-martial. He was afterwards commissioner 
of the dockyards at Malta and at Sheerness. He attained flag 
rank in 1812. He was commander-in-chief at Jamaica in 1813- 
14. He died on September 20 in the latter year, after an illness 
of five days. He is buried in the churchyard. 

Rev. Francis Hthmbbrstone was bom at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, 
in 1791, and was trained at Newport-Pagnell college. He 
came to Jamaica in 1818 as curate of the parish of Kingston, 
and was appointed chaplain to the Corporation of that town 
in the following year, at a salary of £420 per annum, and chap- 
lain to the 61st Regiment. He died on August 9 in the same 
year after only nine months' residence in the island, in which 
time he made a reputation as a very fervent and fearless preacher ; 
preaching especially on behalf of the slaves. The tablet to his 
memory was erected by the Corporation, which also paid £210 
to his widow. 

Rev. Isaac Mann, M.A., was rector of Kingston from 1813 to 1828. 
He was chaplain of the Provincial Grand Lodge, and Past Master 
of the Sussex Lodge, No. 8, in Kingston. He died in 1828, aged 
fifty-one. A monument was erected to his memory in the church- 
yard by the Brethren of these Lodges. 

Dr. Edward Nathaniel Bancroft was born in London in 1772. 
He graduated bachelor of medicine at Cambridge in 1794, 
and was in the following year appointed physician to the Forces. 
In 1804 he took his degree as M.D., and commenced to practise 
in London. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physi- 
cians. In 1811 he gave up practice in London and resumed his 
duties as physician of the Forces, and came to Jamaica, where he 
resided till his death in Kingston in 1842, when he held the post 
of deputy inspector-general of Army hospitals. The mural 
tablet was erected to his memory " by the Physicians and 
Surgeons of Jamaica." One of his earliest writings was due to 
conflict with his brother army medical officers — "Exposure of 
misrepresentations by Dr. McGrigor and Dr. Jackson to the 
Commissioners of Military Enquiry " (1808) ; but he is best 


remembered by his " Essay on the Disease called Yellow Fever, 
with observations concerning Febrile Contagion, Typhus Fever, 
Dysentery, and the Plague, partly delivered as the Gulstonian 
Lectures before the College of Physicians in the years 1806 and 
1807 " (1811 and 1817). In 1839 he published in Jamaica " A 
Letter to the Hon. Hector Mitchell on the proposed erection of 
a new Lunatic Asylum," and in the following year he issued 
another " representing the total unfitness of the present Asylum 
for Lunatics, and the urgent necessity for building a new Lunatic 
Asylum in a proper situation." 

Hector Mitchell was elected mayor of Kingston in 1833 and held' 
the office till he died, aged eighty -four years, in 1853 at Kingston. 
His body lay in state in the old court house, and his funeral was 
attended by most of the prominent men of Jamaica. He was 
also custos of Kingston. His portrait — a lithograph by A. 
Maurin, from a daguerreotype by A. Duperly, printed for dis- 
tribution when he addressed the electors of Kingston in 1848 — 
is in the Jamaica History Gallery in the Institute. 

Edwabd Jobdaj^, C.B., was born in 1800. He devoted himself 
to journalism in early life, and for many years was connected with 
the " Watchman " and the "Morning Journal." While represent- 
ing Kingston in the House of Assembly he was in 1854 called to 
the Council, and on that oooasionreceived a testimonial from the 
inhabitants of the island ; but he resigned his seat to seek re- 
election in the Assembly at the time of the introduction of the 
new constitution. He was elected, and was furthermore made a 
member of the Governor's Executive Committee, which carried 
with it the leadership of the Assembly. He also acted as Speaker. 
He represented Kingston till the abolition of the House in 1866. 
He was appointed custos of Kingston by Sir Charles Grey, and 
held the post till 1866. Governor E3T:e appointed him receiver- 
general, but he did not hold the post for long ; and he was 
appointed Governor's Secretary, with which was amalgamated 
on the death of the Hon. W. G. Stewart the Island Secretaryship. 
He died in 1869 at his residence, Good Air, in St. Andrew. 
On the Parade stands a monument of him erected by public 
subscription. There is also a tablet to his memory in Halfway 
Tree church. His portrait, an oil painting from life, is in the 
Jamaica History Gallery in the Institute. 

As in Lawrence-Archer many of the coats-of-arms are 
blazoned wrongly and a few omitted, and as many of the 
arms on the slabs on the floor of the church were in danger 
of being completely, as some of them were then partly, 
effaced, it was thought desirable, some years before the 
earth(juake of 1907, to describe all the armorial bearings 


in the church; and this was duly done in the " Jamaica 
Churchman" in 1902, and the descriptions were reprinted 
in the "West India Committee Circular" for March 26, 

The floor of a church, where they are subjected to the 
tread of many feet, is not a good position in which to place 
monuments with a view to their preservation ; but it is 
to be deplored that some other method of rendering the 
seats stable was not adopted by the architect in charge 
during the alterations of 1883-85 than fastening them to the 
pavement by iron clamps, many of which have actually 
been driven through armorial designs — that of Benbow 
not excepted. 

It has recently been well said that " the village church 
is the village Westminster Abbey, in which every object 
commemorating our ancestors ought to be sacred, small 
as well as great." This applies with the greater force to 
the principal church in the chief town of an ancient colony. 
But, on the other hand, it must be admitted that even 
the ancient stall-plates of the Knights of the Order of the 
Garter in St. George's, Windsor, have not altogether 
escaped damage at the " restorer's " hands. 

Amongst the coats-of-arms alluded to above occur the 
following examples of allusive devices — the canting heraldry 
of England, the armes parlantes of France — ^the asses of 
Askew, the bent bows of Benbow, the fern of Ferneley, 
the hinds of Hinde, and the vessel (both cup and ship) of 
VassaU ; whilst amongst the mottoes we have the " Sanguis 
et vulnera " of Skinner. It may be of interest to note that 
the only arms in the church represented with supporters 
are those of Crawford. 

Rubbings of the most interesting of the armorial 
bearings were made, for preservation in the Library of 
the Institute of Jamaica, by the Rev. W. B. Atherton, 

Hakewill, writing in 1821, said, " The handsomest build- 
ing in Kingston is the Scotch Church in Duke street, 
which was erected about the year 1814 by a public sub- 
scription from a plan of Mr. James Delancy." This church 


was destroyed by the earthquake of 1907 and subsequently 
rebuilt on the old foundations. 

With the destruction of " Jasper Hall " in the earthquake 
of 1907, Headquarters House, as it is still called, in 
Duke street, became possessor of the undisputed title 
of the finest old house in Kingston. Its history is of 

The story goes that in the latter haK of the eighteenth 
century four Kingston merchants with great wealth and 
equally great ambition as to appearance — Jasper Hall, 
Thomas Hibbert, John Bull and another, made a heavy 
bet amongst themselves as to who should build the most 
magnificent dwelling. This resulted in Jasper Hall, till 
recently standing in High Holborn street ; Headquarters 
House ; BuU House, in North street ; and the house to 
the north of the old " Mico " in Hanover street, once called 
" Harmony Hall." The name of the winner of the bet 
is not recorded. It should have been Jasper Hall. 

Jasper HaU, who was receiver-general and speaker 
of the house of Assembly, died in 1778. As mentioned 
above, he was in 1774 one of the commissioners for pur- 
chasing a pen for an official residence for the admiral on 
the station. His house, which he named " Constantine 
House," bore the date " June 1, 1756 " ; and not many 
years ago possessed what was probably the best collection 
of paintings, engravings and books ever got together by a 
private individual in Jamaica. Unfortunately at the sale 
many bibliographical treasm^es were allowed to leave the 

ThomasjHibbert, who'arrived in Jamaica in 1734, soon 
became one of the principal and most opulent merchants 
in Jamaica. He was member of Assembly for St. George 
and for Portland, and speaker of the Assembly in 1756. 
He died in 1780, and was buried at " Agualta Vale " pen 
in St. Mary. His house was long known as Hibbert's 

In November 1755, when the Assembly was sitting in 
Kingston, it on the 12th adjourned " to the dweUing house 
of Thomas Hibbert, Esquire, a member of this House, 


where he and Colonel Lawrence, another member of this 
House, are indisposed, there to proceed to business," and 
the House met there for several days. In December 1814 
it was purchased by the War Office of the widow of Dr. 
Solomon Deleon, of Kingston, and was thenceforward 
known as General's House or Headquarters House. 
Although the governor of the colony has ever held the 
rank of captain-general of the forces, there has always 


been a general officer in actual command of the troops ; 
and in former days, and as late as 1895, such general held, 
ex oflicioj a commission as lieutenant-governor of the 
colony, and succeeded to the control of affairs when 
occasion arose. The house still retains the name of Head- 
quarters House, though it has been the colonial secretary's 
office since the government was removed from Spanish 
Town to Kingston. It was purchased by the Government 
in 1872 for £5000. It also contains the chamber in which 
the legislative council sits. The " Hibbert Trust " was 
founded by a member of this family. 

John Bull was the owner of Sheldon coffee estate 


in the Blue mountains. The name of the builder of the 
house to the north of the Mico has not been recorded. 

Amongst those, many of them heutenant-goveruors, 
who were general officers commanding the forces in Jamaica 
while the headquarters of the army were in Duke street^ 
Kingston, were Archibald Campbell (1782-84), who con- 
trolled mihtary affairs at a troublous time for Jamaica, 
and by sending troops to act as marines materially assisted 
Rodney in his victory over de Grasse ; Sir Alured Clarke 
(1785-90), during whose tenure of office there was a suc- 
cession of severe storms during one of which the barracks 
at Up-Park Camp were blown down ; Sir Adam Williamson 
(1790-95), who was in 1795 governor-general of that part 
of St. Domingo which was under the control of Great 
Britain; the jEarLof Balcarres 4 1796-1801), who is chiefly 
rememberedT in connection with the Maroon war ; Sir 
Greorge Nugent (1801-05), whose doings have been fully 
chronicled by his wife in her Journal ; Sir Eyre Coote 
(1806-09), who had served with distinction under Cornwallis 
in America, under Grey in the Leeward Islands, and in 
Egypt ; Hugh Carmichael (1809), who had declined to let 
the House of Assembly interfere with a purely military 
matter — the mutiny at Fort Augusta alluded to in the 
chapter on St. Catherine — eventually, but by the King's 
command, had to appear before that body, which grudgingly 
accepted the explanation offered ; Edward Morrison (1811- 
14) ; Francis EuUer (1814-17) ; Henry Conran (1817-23) ; 
Sir John Keane (1823-30), who had served under Wellington 
in the Peninsula, and whUe in Jamaica took part in the 
attack on New Orleans, and later served with distinction in 
India ; Sir WUloughby Cotton (1831-37), who in Bermuda 
had had Havelock as his aide-de-camp, and in Jamaica 
suppressed the rebellion in St. James ; Sir William Maynard 
Gomm (1839-42), at one time governor and commander-in 
chief of the Windward and Leeward Islands ; Sackville 
Hamilton Berkeley ; Samuel Lambert ; Thomas Bunbury ; 
Sir Richard Doherty ; Edward Wells Bell ; Pringle Taylor ; 
Charles Ashmore ; and lastly Luke Smythe O'Connor 
all of whose regimental commissions were in the 1st West 


India Regiment, and who was in command of the troops 
during the Morant Bay rebelUon of 1865. 

The old Mico Institution in Hanover street — ^now used 
as a technical school, and for a few years after the earth- 
quake of 1907 used as the supreme court of the colony — 
was the original home of the Mico College, which is now 
removed to St. Andrew. 

With their destruction by the earthquake in 1907 
Kingston lost two important old-time houses in Blundell 
Hall and Date Tree Hall, at the lower end of East street. 
Both had been in former days boarding-houses. Latterly 
the former had served as the home of a part of the Post 
Office, the latter as that of the Institute of Jamaica, 
founded in 1879. Blundell Hall was for some years 
under the proprietorship of Mary Seacole, a native of 
Jamaica, well known in connection with her kindness 
to the sick and wounded of the British soldiers in the 
Crimea, where she filled the position of sutler, having failed 
to obtain that of nurse. Sir William RusseU wrote a 
preface to her " Adventures," pubhshed in 1857. Seacole 
Cottage in Duke street was named after her. 

The reconstructed Institute of Jamaica possesses several 
objects of considerable historic interest. Besides the 
Arawak pottery and implements and the slave branding- 
iron alluded to in the Introduction, there is a cage in which 
criminals were hung to die of starvation, as late as the early 
days of the nineteenth century. There is also the Chan- 
cellor's purse for holding the official seal of the colony, 
recalling the days when the governor sat as chancellor, 
which lasted up to the passing of the judicature law of 1879. 

The following — taken from " The State of Jamaica under 
Sir Thomas Lynch, 1683," printed in "The Laws of 
Jamaica " (London, 1684) — is the earliest reference to the 
Seal of the Island : 

The King has been pleased to honour this Island with a large guilt 
Mace, as a signal Mark of his Favoiir, and to make the Government 
appear more great and formal : It's carried before the Governour 
and Chancellour on Solemn Occasions. 

The King has likewise honoured this Island with Arms, and with 


a publick Broad Seal ; and on one side of it his Majesty is seated 
on his Throne, with two Indians on their knees, presenting him 
Fruits, and two Cherubins aloft, supporting a Canopy ; under- 
neath his Feet, this Motto : 

Duro de Cortice fructus quam Dvices ? * 

The Inscription about it is, Oarolus Secundus Dei gratia, Jbc. 
Dominus Jamaicce ; On the other side is an Escutcheon, bearing a 
Cross charged with five Pines ; two Indians for the Supporters 
and for the Crest an Alligator. The Inscription in the Orle, 
Inclosing all, is 

Ecce alium Ramos porrexit in orhem 
Nee sterilis erux est | 

The Motto underneath the Escutcheon is, 

Indus Uterq : serviet uni { 1 

All this, as I have heard, was designed by the present Lord Arch- 
bishop of Canterbury, in the year 1661, and the Seal then delivered 
to Sir Charles Littleton, that came hither Chancellour, for the Chan- 
cellours always keep it, and with it Seal all Publick Grants, Com- 
missions, Patents &c. 

The King by a Clause in the Commission for the Government, 
appoints the Governour to be Chancellour, as judging it fittest to 
entrust him with the Equity,, who is to see the Laws executed, and 
not thinking it for the good of his Subjects to have many great 
Officers in a young Colony ; and that if the Seal were in private 
hands it would be erected into an Office : Now its worth little or 
nothing. For the Chancellour has no Pee, only for granting Land 
and that amounts to very little now. . . . 

There is no mention of a purse, but one was probably 
sent out with the Seal and Counter-Seal. 

Lawrence -Archer — misled by Bridges, who, ignoring 
the " present," simply says, " This seal was designed by the 
Archbishop of Canterbury" — says, "At that time (1662) 
the Metropolitan See was filled by WiUiam Juxon." Tt 
is true that Lord Windsor came to Jamaica while Juxon 
was archbishop of Canterbury (1660 to 1663), but Sancroft 
occupied the see in 1683, when the sentence quoted from 
the Records of the house of Assembly was written. 

* How sweet the fruit the hard rind yields. 

t Behold ! the Cross hath spread its arms into another world, 
and beareth fruit. 

{ The Indians twain shall serve one Lord. 


The only Jamaica chancellor's purse that is known to 
exist to-day is that which is now in the history gallery of 
the Institute, whither it was transferred from the supreme 
court office some years ago. 

No mention of the purse has hitherto been found in 
any of the histories : it is not even mentioned by Lady 
Nugent, who makes frequent references to her husband. 
Sir George Nugent, sitting as chancellor. Bryan Edwards 
says, " The Governor or Commander-in-chief is chancellor 
of his office, and presides solely in that high department, 
which is administered with great form and solemnity." 

It would seem evident that a new purse was not suppHed 
each year. In fact there is no evidence that any later 
purse than this dating from the time of George III has ever 
been in use in the colony. 

In form and character and size it is just Uke the purses 
used in England. Like them, it measures 1 ft. 6 in. 
by 1 ft. 4 in., and is made of red velvet. The arms of 
Jamaica (with the cross gules, be it observed) are in the 
centre, and are surmounted by the arms of England at 
the time of George III. At the base are two cornucopias, 
and on each side is a decorative border of roses and other 
flowers. It is embroidered with gold and silver thread 
and coloured silk, ornamented with beads. It has suffered 
by wear and neglect. 

The mace was evidently the property of the governor, 
and was probably used when the council met. 

The council is known to have sat on the fatal June 7, 
1692 ; and in the Journals of the house of Assembly is 
this entry : 

June 7, 1692. — ^This day happened the great earthquake which 
destroyed Port Royal, and did great injury throughout the island : 
The Council had previously met in that town, and it is probable 
were sitting when it commenced, as no adjournment is entered that 
day in the Journal. 

This is not correct, as the president was with the rector. 

The next record we find of a mace is on December 1, 
1763, when the house of Assembly resolved : " That the 
Receiver-General do send to his correspondent in England, 


to purchase a silver mace gilt, of the same size, for the use 
of the Speaker of the House, as that used by the Speaker 
of the House of Commons ; and that this or any future 
Assembly wiU make the same good." 

The older of the two maces at present in the Institute 
was possibly imported as the result of this resolution. It 
is silver-gilt, measures 5 ft. 6 in. high and weighs 297 oz. 
5 dwt., and is thus both higher and heavier than the 
mace of the House of Commons. It is surmounted by a 
royal crown, on the base of which are the British coat-of- 
arms as used from 1714 to 1801, and the letters G. R. 
(Georgius Rex). Round the head, in panels divided by 
caryatides, are the emblems of England and Scotland, 
Ireland and Prance, and the arms of Jamaica. It bears 
the London hall marks and date letter of the year 1753, 
and the initials M. F. of the maker, Mordecai Fox of 

The other mace evidently came as the result of the 
resolution of the Assembly of December 22, 1786 : " That 
the Receiver-General do immediately remit to the agent 
the sum of £300 to be by him laid out in the purchase 
of robes for the Speaker, and a mace." Four years later 
they voted £200 for a coach to be obtained from England. 
The mace is similar in appearance, but of a little later date, 
measures also 5 ft. 6 in. high, and is also surmounted by a 
royal crown on the base of which is the same form of the 
British coat-of-arms ; and round the head are the same 
emblems of England and Scotland, France and Ireland, and 
the arms of Jamaica. It bears the London hall marks and 
date letter of the year 1787, and the initials H. G. of the 
maker, Henry Green of London, whose initials are on a 
piece bearing the mark of the same year in the hall of the 
Clothworkers Company, London, and who also made the 
Grenada mace, which dates from 1781, and which is almost 
as massive as the Jamaica mace of 1753. The Barbados 
mace, which dates from 1812, is 4 ft. 4 in. high. The head 
of the Jamaica 1787 mace has at some time been bent by 
a blow, and should stand up in the same manner as that 
of the older one. This is not to be wondered at when we 


read of the stormy meetings held in the last centiiry by 
the house of assembly. 

These two maces were used, the one at the meetings of 
the house of Assembly, the other at those of the legis- 
lative council. One or other of them was used at the 
meetings of the privy council until some time in Sir John 
Peter Grant's administration, when its use was discon- 
tinued. They were both deposited in the Institute of 
Jamaica in 1879, and were shown at the exhibition in 1891. 

Of the pubhc monuments in Kingston the principal is 
the Statue of Sii Charles Metcalfe. 

High on a Hst of those governors who have left their 
mark on Jamaica history stands the name of Metcalfe, the 
only governor to whom the colony has erected a statue. 
Without seeking it, Metcalfe gained everjrwhere where his 
work lay such popular esteem as finds expression in statues 
and addresses, while he received the sincere regard of those 
with whom he came in close contact. Coming in Septem- 
ber , 1 839, when relations between the planters and the British 
government on the one hand and the emancipated slaves 
on the other had become very strained over questions 
arising out of the recent abohtion of slavery, he, by the 
same tactful manner which he had employed in India with 
marked success, did much to reconcile the differences ; 
and when he left Jamaica three years later it was amidst 
the genuine regret of all classes of the community. 

Charles Theophilus Metcalfe, the son of a major in the 
Bengal army, who later became a director of the East 
India company, was born at Calcutta in 1785. He was 
one of a family of six ; the boys all had, in addition to 
another, the name Theophilus, the girls Theophila. After 
spending five years at Eton, where he did much " sapping," 
he, to his own regret at having to leave, entered the East 
India service at the early age of fifteen. By the time he 
was nineteen he was earning £1000 a year ; and after 
working in several important branches of the service as 
special commissioner, and as president at Delhi, and at 
Hyderabad, where he incurred the displeasure of the 
governor-general by his fearless methods of pressing 


reforms, he became in 1827 a member of the supreme 
council, on which he sat for nearly seven years. In 1832 
he succeeded his brother in the baronetcy which had been 
bestowed upon his father, and in 1836 he received the Grand 
Cross of the Bath in reward for his distinguished services. 
In 1835-36 he held provisionally the post of governor- 
general of India, at which he had confidently aimed from 
almost the commencement of his career, and he only lost 
the actual position, to 
which he was nominated 
by the court of direc- 
tors, because the minis- 
try did not consider it 
advisable to appoint 
one so experienced as 
Metcalfe in Indian 
affairs to that high 
office, which they wished 
to bestow on their own 

Always a Liberal in 
politics and wide in his 
sympathies, he during 
his tenure of office gave 
offence to the directors 
of the company by his 

action in removing the restrictions on the liberty of the 
press, and this led ultimately to his resignation from the 
company's service. 

After a period of rest in England from official labours, 
he was in 1839 made governor of Jamaica, two former 
governors of which colony — Sir Alured Clarke and Sir 
George Nugent — ^he had incidentally met in India. He 
was made a privy councillor " as a mark of consideration 
for his past services and a tribute to the importance of 
the office he was about to assume." 

The sending of an East Indian official as governor to 
the West Indies was then an unusual occurrence, but the 
undoubted success achieved by Metcalfe led to greater 



frequency in the custom. Somewhat tired of adminis- 
trative work, a lover of a quiet life and with some parhsr 
mentary ambition, he only accepted the office because he 
knew that the affairs of the colony were in disorder, and he 
looked upon it as a duty to his country to be at the call of 
the Colonial Office. 

The few years that had elapsed since Emancipation 
had not proved sufficient in Jamaica to efface differences 
of opinion and produce harmony where conflicting interests 
were rite. The apprenticeship system had broken down 
the year before, and total abolition had come into effect. 
Trouble had arisen between the Assembly and the Home 
Government. The Assembly considered the passing of 
the West India Prisons biU an aggression on their rights, 
and declined to perform any legislative functions not abso- 
lutely necessary, until those rights were restored. The 
British Government retorted by threatening to suspend 
the constitution of Jamaica, and a measure was ultimately 
passed which increased the powers possessed by the 
governor. Metcalfe was selected as a possibly popular 
governor to tide over a critical period of great anxiety. 

On his arrival he saw that the existence of the stipendiary 
magistrates, which body had been formed with a view to 
counteracting the alleged lack of justice on the part of 
the local magistracy composed chiefly of the planters and 
their attorneys, was a means of keeping ahve the iU-will 
between the planters and the emancipated slaves and their 
well-wishers ; and he therefore decided to let the scheme 
gradually die out, by abstaining from filhng up vacancies 
as they arose. 

In his work of conciliation Metcalfe did not hesitate 
to controvert the opinions of the Secretary of State for 
the Colonies, and to point out to him the error of his views 
in certain cases. 

He achieved the at that time difficult task of gaining 
the esteem ahke of the white and the black population, 
and he did much to remove the mutual mistrust existing 
between them. The only sect in sympathy with whom 
he found it difficult to work was the Baptist community. 


who wished him to be hostile to the planters and were 
displeased by his absolute impartiahty. 

In November 1841 he considered that the purpose of 
his visit had been achieved, and he resigned his ofi&ce. By 
his honesty of purpose and the conciliatory nature of his 
methods of work he had endeared himself to almost aU. 

As his mission had been one of smoothing over difficulties 
arising from a recent legal and social upheaval, it obviously 
was not a time for great administrative changes ; but while 
he was in Jamaica the judicial system and the criminal 
code were amended, the mihtary cantonment at Newcastle 
was established, and the salary of the governor was put 
on a more satisfactory and permanent basis. 

Metcalfe had his portrait painted twice in Jamaica — 
once by a Danish artist, a full-size, half-length, which he 
sent home to his aunt, Mrs. Manson: the other, a full- 
length, by another artist, " was intended for the town hall 
of our principal city Kingston." Where is that portrait 
now ? There is a portrait of him, by a very mediocre 
painter, in the court house at Old Harbour, and a full- 
length standing painting, dated 1846, and signed by 
A. Bradish, in the Town Hall at Falmouth. The portrait 
of him by F. R. Say in the Oriental Club, a copy of the 
engraving after which by F. E. Lewis is in the Jamaica 
history gaUery in the Institute, was painted between his 
return to England from Jamaica and his going to Canada. 
Another portrait in the same gallery is a mezzotint engrav- 
ing by Wilham Warner of Philadelphia, after a painting 
by A. Bradish, executed in 1844, representing him half- 
length seated. This print, pubHshed at Montreal, was 
dedicated to Sir Robert Peel. It shows the left side of 
the face, the right having by that time been disfigured 
by the sad malady which caused his death. 

Metcalfe on leaving Jamaica received addresses. 

" On May 21, 1842," says Sir John Wilham Kaye, in 
his life of Metcalfe, " Sir Charles Metcalfe once again 
embarked for England. The scene will never be forgotten 
by those who witnessed it. From even the most distant 
places crowds of people of all classes had come to see for 


the last time, and to say God-speed to, the Governor whose 
public and private virtues they so loved and revered. The 
(5M island mihtiamen, who had not been called out for 
years, volunteered to form his escort. The ' coloured 
population knelt to bless him.' Many present on that 
occasion, at once so gra.tifying and so painful to the de- 
parting statesman, felt that they had lost a friend who 
could never be replaced. All classes of society and all 
sects of Christians sorrowed for his departure ; and the 
Jews set an example of Christian love by praying for him 
in their synagogues. 

"He went — but the statue voted by the Island, and 
erected in the pubHc square of Spanish Town, is not a more 
enduring record of his residence in Jamaica than the 
monument which he has made for himself in the hearts of a 
grateful people." 

In 1843^5 he was governor-general of Canada, a post 
of extreme difficulty at that time, and held by him with 
considerable tact and firmness while he himself was practi- 
cally dying. He displayed much patience under the greatest 
provocation. He had there the support of that empire- 
builder Wakefield, who said of him that God had made 
him greater than the Colonial Office. In 1845 he was 
created Baron Metcalfe. In the securing of this honour 
the valuable services which he rendered in connection with 
Jamaica played an important part. In fact it may fairly 
be said that had the Whigs and not the Tories been in 
power when he left that island the peerage would have 
been conferred on him then. He never took his seat in 
the House of Lords, and the title died with him the following 
year, the baronetcy going to his younger brother. During 
the latter part of his life he had borne great suffering with 
heroic patience. 

He was short in stature and somewhat homely in ap- 
pearance ; but he had an intelligent countenance and an 
habitually sweet smile. He was of a most lovable disposition. 
Though intensely hospitable he really dishked society and 
preferred the companionship of a few friends, but he lived 
continually in harness either social or official. He was 


at all times of his life a poor horseman ; he had tried in 
vain to learn in India, and travelling in the hilly parts of 
Jamaica must have been a painful task for him. He 
writes : "I have got some steady horses and ponies which 
suit me pretty well. Any but steady ones would soon 
tumble me over a precipice." 

Of his country residence, Highgate, to which he retreated 
from Spanish Town whenever the calls of office permitted, 
he wrote, " If climate were everything I should prefer 
living on this spot to any other that I know in the 

Liberal and generous by disposition, he yet succeeded 
in saving from his official salaries and the interest of his 
investments a sufficient fortune to have maintained with 
credit the peerage which had been bestowed upon him. 

On his quitting Jamaica the Assembly voted £3000 for 
the statue, which for many years looked down King street, 
Kingston, to which spot it had been removed from Spanish 
Town, where it was originally erected on the site of the 
present court house, opposite Rodney's statue. It was 
originally intended to have a temple and colonnade like 
Rodney's, but the funds did not prove sufficient and the 
scheme was abandoned. In 1898 the statue was removed 
to make way for a statue of Queen Victoria, when it was 
placed at the foot of King street, on the pedestal which had 
for some years supported Bacon's statue of Rodney during 
its temporary absence from Spanish Town. 

Metcalfe's statue has proved more enduring than the 
parish which, formed from parts of St. George and St. 
Mary and named after him in 1841, was merged into St. 
Mary in 1867 by Grant's reduction of the parishes from 
twenty-two to fourteen. The statue is by Edward Hodges 
Baily, R.A., a pupil of Flaxman, and a sculptor of high 
aims and pure ideals, by whom there is also a bust of 
Metcalfe in the Metcalfe Hall, Calcutta. 

He is represented bare-headed, and wearing the insignia 
of the Bath. The statue on its double pedestal stands 
too high to be well seen. On the front of the original 
pedestal is^the following inscription, now almost illegible 


from the ground, partly because of its great height and 
partly because the painting has worn off the letters : 

This Statue 

is beected in honob of 

The Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Theophilxts Metcalfe, Bart, k.c.b. 

Now Baron Mbtgalfb 

By the grateful inhabitants of Jamaica 

Df commemoration 

OF the benefits derived from 

A.D. 1845. 

On the west face are the arms of Jamaica (on which the 
cross is tricked or instead of gules, and the crest is placed 
on an esquire's helmet) ; on the east those of Metcalfe. 
On the back is an emblematic design with figures of Justice 
and Mercy on either side of an altar on which rests an 

On the lower pedestal, erected originally to receive 
Rodney's statue, is placed an earthenware tablet (similar 
to those erected by the Royal Society of Arts in London) 
which was put up by the Institute of Jamaica in 1892 to 
record the fact that : 

12 feet west of the 

centre of the pedestal, 

Commander Green, 

u.s.n. in 1876 erected the 

longitude STATION OF 

Kingston and found it to be 
5h. 7m. 10-65 s. (76" 47' 39-8") 
West of Greenwich. 

The great weight of this lower pedestal enabled the 
statue to stand the earthquake of 1907 unmoved ; while 
every other statue in Kingston was either thrown down 
or slued round on its base. 

" Selections from the Papers of Lord Metcalfe " con- 
tain papers from Jamaica, deahng with such divers 
subjects as the Conditions of the Island ; the Social Con- 
dition of the People ; the Labour Question ; the Stipendiary 


Magistrate ; the Governor's Salary ; Reforms of the 
Judicial System ; Advantages of Conciliation ; Prison 
Discipline ; the Health of the Troops, and Answers to 
Addresses from the parishes of St. Catherine, St. Ann and 
St. Thomas ; the Missionary Presbytery and the St. 
George's Agricultural Society. The " Addresses " them- 
selves, to the number of thirty-nine from all sections of 
the community, were pubhshed in Jamaica in 1842. 

From this volume we learn that the first proposal to 
erect a statue to Metcalfe in St. Jago de la Vega was made 
and adopted at a meeting of the inhabitants of St. Catherine 
held on March 17, 1842, and this was supported by meetings 
held in many of the parishes. There was, however, a 
counter proposal to have a statue in Kingston. St. Jago 
de la Vega won then, but time has brought revenge to 
Kingston. In 1847 £200 was paid by the Assembly for 
a temple for the statue of Metcalfe, and they voted " £1500 
for its removal and erection " in front of the Assembly 
Room and Library. 

When Colonel Christian Lilly laid out the town of 
Kingston in 1692, he left in the centre a plaza or square 
after the Spanish method of colonial town-planning. In 
the eighteenth century barracks were erected to the north- 
west corner of this square, and the space to the south was 
for many years utilised as a parade-ground, as shown in 
Adolphe Duperly's view in his " Daguerian Excursions in 
Jamaica," pubhshed about 1844. Later on the barracks 
were abandoned by the troops, and they are now utihsed 
for police-court purposes. The ornamental gardens were 
laid out in 1870 in the centre of the old military parade, 
whence they became known as the Parade Gardens ; a 
wide space being left as roadway to the south. 

At the instance of a Committee appointed to report 
on the most suitable way to celebrate the Queen's Diamond 
Jubilee, £800 was voted by the Legislature in March 1897 
for a Statue to Queen Victoria in addition to £700 for 
local rejoicings. 

It was originally intended to place the statue at the front 
of the block of buildings which was in contemplation ; but, 



as retrenchment then interfered with the project, the 
statue was erected at the top of King's street, on the base 
erected for the statue of Lord Metcalfe when it was removed 
from Spanish Town. Owing to its small size it is to be 
regretted that the statue was not placed somewhere indoors, 

or at all events not on so 
high a pedestal. 

It is a replica of a statue 
erected in the hall of the 
Colonial Office at Singa- 
pore in connection with 
the Jubilee of 1887, by E. 
Edward Geflowski, who 
exhibited at the Royal 
Academy from 1867 to 

The statue cost in all 
about £800. A plaster 
cast that was used for the 
unveiling, in connection 
with the Jubilee rejoicings, 

— ::-— -fe^^^J-.T-. . is now at King's Houfc, 
__^^^,^m^mmmji^M:::i^ . ^^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^^^^ 

"'queeii VICTORIA'S STATUE ''''W ^^ ^^ ^^^ Imperial 

Institute, London. 

In February of 1914 the Victoria League of Jamaica 
asked the Mayor and Council of Kingston to consider 
the desirability of re-naming the Parade Gardens the 
Victoria Park, and suggested that, if they approved, 
occasion should be taken of the presence of Her Highness 
Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein, the grand- 
daughter of Queen Victoria, on February 4, to ask her 
Highness to perform the ceremony, as it was felt that it 
would be well if the memory of Queen Victoria should be 
perpetuated in the centre of the principal town of the 
Colony, the more especially as it was in close proximity 
to the statue of her late Majesty. The Mayor and Council 
fell in with the suggestion, the consent of the Governor 
was obtained; and Her Highness the Princess renamed the 


Gardens on February 4. Although the Gardens have been 
fittingly named after Queen Victoria, dear to the hearts 
of all Jamaicans, it is to be hoped the surrounding buildings 
will still retain the name of Parade, and thus help to recall 
the days when the central part was made gay by many a 
mihtary uniform. 

On the eastern side of the Gardens stands a full-length 
statue by R. G. Miller, R.A., of Edward Jordan, C.B., 
" who through a long series of years and in times of danger, 
fearlessly stood forward as the champion of Emancipation 
and for the removal of civil disabilities," erected by 
pubhc subscription. The statue of another distinguished 
Jamaican, Dr. Lewis Quier Bowerbank, was erected in the 
year 1881, on the northern side, by his numerous friends 
and admirers ; but a third statue, that of Father Dupont, 
a Roman Catholic priest who for many years laboiu-ed 
among the poor of the city, erected at the north-east 
corner, was destroyed by the earthquake of 1907. 

Other monuments of interest in Kingston are a bust 
portrait of the Rev. John Badclifle (preacher and poet), 
in the Scotch church, by Sir Thomas Brock, R.A., 
erected by public subscription in 1896, which, though 
buried under the ruins of the porch, escaped serious injury 
in the earthquake of 1907, and a memorial tablet to the 
Rev. William James Gardner (Congregational minister and 
historian) in the Congregational church. North street, 
erected after his death, which occurred in 1874. 

Amongst disused burial-grounds are the Stranger's Burial- 
Ground (earliest tomb is dated 1753) and the Spring Path 
Burial-Ground, both by the Railway Station (earliest tomb 
is dated 1794) ; the Baptist Ground, in the Windward Road 
(earliest tomb dated 1801) ; the Wesleyan Methodist 
Cemetery (at the corner of Windward Road and EUetson 
Road (earhest tomb dated 1791) ; the Jewish Cemetery 
in Elletson Road (the earhest tomb dated 1797) ; the 
Jewish Cemeteries at the south-east and south-west corners 
of Church and North streets (in the former the earliest tomb 
dated 1719), all contain. monuments of historic interest. 

In view of recent interest evinced in the question of 


wharf accommodation it may be well to republish a " List 
and Situation of the PubHc Wharves in Kingston, running 
East and West," which appeared in the " Columbian 
Magazine" (Kingston) in 1800 — one hundred and fifteen 
years ago. 

T. Welsh' & Son's : bottom of John's Lane. 

I. Harriot's : between John's Lane and Duke Street. 

G. Douglas & Co., and I. Sewell's : bottom of Duke Street. 

John Davidson's : betweer^ Duke Street and Mark Lane. 

Donaldson & Heron, and M'Bean & Eagnold's : bottom of Mark 

Jaques, Laing, & Ewing's : between Mark Lane and Church 

Duncomb & Pownal, and Bogle & Cathcart's : bottom of Church 

Thomas H3me's : between Church Street and Temple Lane. 

Kinkhead & Sproull ; and Hardy, Pennock & Brittan's : bottom 
of Temple Lane. • 

John West & Co.'s : between Temple Lane and King Street. 

Willis & Water house ; and Bogle, Jopp & Co.'s : bottom of 
King Street. 

Joseph Teasdale ; and I. Robertson & Co.'s : bottom of Peter's 

Burnett, Stirling & Co. ; and W. Cleland's : bottom of Orange 

Cowgill & Co.'s ; between Orange Street and Luke Lane. 

Henry West & Co.; and Donaldson, Forbes, Grant & Stewart's : 
bottom of Luke Lane. 

Dick, McCall & Co.'s : between Luke Lane and Princess Street. 

Shaw, Holy & Co. ; and Lindo & Brothers' : bottom of Princess 

Ordnance ; and B. Sutherland & Co.'s : bottom of Matthew's 

W. B. Bryan & Co. ; and Fairolough & Barnes's : bottom of 
West Street. 

Dick, McCall & Co.'s Lumber Wharf : next on the Westward ; 
ar;d further on 

Liddle & Rennie's. 



The parish of St. Andrew was originally called Liguanea, 
and the name still lingers round the plain. It now consists 
of what before the passing of law 20 of 1867 comprised 
the parish of Port Royal and the parish of St. Andrew, 
less the parts known as Smith's Village, Hannah's Town, 
Fletcher's Town, and the town of Port Royal. There are 
no towns in St. Andrew ; the principal villages being Half- 
way Tree, Gordon Town and Stony Hill. 

The earliest known reference to Halfway Tree on record 
occurs in the minutes of the Council of January 4, 1696, 
when "the Governor acquainted the Board that he had 
been informed that Mr. Redman Maccragh, Mr. Henry 
Archbold, and others had assembled together att halfeway 
tree in the parish of St. Andrews and had obleiged severall 
of His Majesty's subjects passing that way to drink a health 
to the late K. James, which was lookt upon by the Board 
to be a great misdemeanour," and it was ordered that all 
persons concerned should appear before the Board the next 
Council day ; but this apparently they discreetly abstained 
from doing. 

It derives its name from a cotton tree dating from the 
conquest, which existed as late as 1866. Richard Hill, 
in an article which was published posthumously in the 
" Victoria Quarterly " in 1890, said : 

I visited Halfway Tree on Sunday the 25th November, 1866. When 
I first saw the cotton tree at the junotionflf the four roads through 
the pla,in of Liguanea from which Halfway Tree receives its name, 
it had nearly lived out its time. It is of that lofty straight-stemmed 
variety of Eriondendron which originally growing among some 



clustering trees had overtopped them and had (spread its horizontal 
arms out above them at about some fifty or sixty feet in elevation 
from the root. Four or five of these arms yet remained with a 
few scattering stems on which a few straggling leaves vegetated. 
An age of surface rains rushing to the sea three miles away had 
removed all the soluble earth from the platform roots, so that they 
made arched resting places, where the marketers coming from 
the mountains would rest themselves in groups for they had 
reached the Halfway Tree. ... At the time of the conquest of 
the island 200 years ago, the Halfway Tree was one of those tall 
and solitary cotton trees of the Liguanea Plain." 

It is to be regretted that no illustration exists of this 
interesting tree, vs^hich has perished since Hill wrote. It 
stood near the present church, where the original road 
(now known as the old Pound Road) going from Passage 
Fort, the landing-place from Port Royal, direct towards 
the mountains, was cut by the road that went from Spanish 
Town to the plain of St. Andrew. 

Long the historian says : " The village of Halfway 
Tree is situated ... at the intersection of the three roads 
which lead to Spanish Town, St. Mary, and St. Cteorge," 
and this probably is the origin of the name. 

The ascription of the name to the halfway position 
for the troops between Greenwich on the Harbour and 
Stony Hill is evidently wrong, as the troops were not placed 
at Stony Hill till 1799. 

The Old Burial-Ground, Halfway Tree, is the name usually 
given to the disused graveyard on the road between 
Bang's House and the Constant Spring road, where the 
Waterloo road crosses it on its way to the foot of the 
hills. Standing on land falling away towards Sandy 
Gully, it is said to be the site of the first church erected 
by the English in St. Andrew, one of the seven parishes 
into which the island was originally divided by Sir Thomas 
Modyford in 1664 ; but there are now no evidences of the 
foundations to be seen. 

In 1682 Sir Thomas I^ynch sent home to the Bishop of 
London a detailed account of " this infant church " in 
Jamaica. Of Halfway Tree he wrote : " On the north side 
of Port Royal harbour lies St. Andrews, where Mr. Cellier, 
a Swiss, is minister. It is the pleasantest part of the 


Island, with an ordinary church and a pretty parsonage 
house. The minister has £100 a year, he is an honest man 
and well beloved. Colonel Beeston can tell you about him." 

The second church was erected near where the present 
fabric stands ; the foundation stone being laid on January 
12, 1686, according to the following extract from the early 
vestry minutes : — " 1686, January 12, Prayers at the old 
church and a sermon from Gen. ch. 28, v. 16, 17. The 
first brick of the new church laid by the Rev. Mr. Zeller, 
t)ie second by Col. Sam. Barry." The building of this 
church had evidently been contemplated for some time, 
a previous entry, under date July 28, 1684, reading 
" Agree about building the new intended Church." James 
ZeUers, a Swiss by birth, came out to Jamaica in 1664 and 
was at once appointed to St. Andrew, which parish he 
served for thirty-six years. Colonel Barry, who owned 
Cavaliers, was one of the largest landowners in the parish. 
The second church was destroyed by the earthquake of 
1692. In " The Truest and Largest Account of the Late 
Earthquake in Jamaica . . . written by a Reverend Divine 
there . . . London, 1693," it is thus referred to : " From 
thence it is but a short way to Ligania, the first and principal 
place for Planting, (whereunto my own parish is immediately 
the next) which for the most part imitating, if not Exceeding 
the stateUness of Port Royal, is now, together with its fine 
New Built and not yet finished Church, buried in the same 
Ruines with the Houses." This old ground was used 
for interment long after the present church was built ; in 
fact, as late as 1862. 

The registers of the church of St. Andrew at Halfway 
Tree, dating back to 1666, are the oldest in the island. 
They contain many records of interest. Unfortunately, 
the entries for the early years are only a transcript of 
about the middle of the eighteenth century, the same 
handwriting extending to the year 1741. The first entry 
of baptism extant is that of Grace, daughter of Edward 
Oriion, under date June 10, 1666. The earliest marriage 
is that of John Wilson and Anne Zeale on June 7, 1666 ; 
and the first death Arabella Joanes, on July 4, 1666. 

Amongst those who he in the old burial-ground are 



George Bennett, of Dorsetshire family, " who came here a 
soldier under General Venables " ; Henry Dakins, who 
died in 1683 ; Major Samuel Guy, who died in 1736 ; and 
" Edward, the soven (sic) of William and Anne Beeston, 
who dyed this 5th day of August, 1678, being above the 
age of . . . months," and " Henry the sonne of WiUiam 
and Anne Beeston who dyed the first day of May, 1677, 
being about the age of 14 months." 

Sir Wilham Beeston was governor of Jamaica from 


1693tol701. His daughter Jane married firstly Sir Thomas 
Modyford, the fifth and last baronet, and secondly, 
Charles Long, of Longville, son of Samuel Long who came 
out with Penn and Venables as secretary to Cromwell's 
Commission, and rose to fame. With his friend Beeston, 
Samuel Long was sent home a prisoner by the Earl of 
C'arlisle, but they successfully vindicated the privileges 
of Jamaica. Edward Long, the historian of Jamaica, was 
grandson of Charles and Jane Long. 


The wall of the churchyard no doubt dates from early in 
the eighteenth century, as appears by a further extract from 
the vestry minutes, under date " 1706, February " : 
" Ordered that both these churchyards [the new and the 
old] be walled in." 

The vestry minutes are copied from a reference in the 
"Morning Journal" of June 18, 1858, contributed by Mr. 

The Parish Church of St. Andrew, commonly known 
as Halfway Tree church, is, after the cathedral at Spanish 
Town, the most interesting, from an historic point of view, 
of all the churches in the colony. 

The vestry lost no time in rebuilding after the earth- 
quake had destroyed the first church, for we learn from 
the vestry minutes, under date July 5, 1692 ; " Ordered 
that a new church be forthwith built on the church land 
at Halfway Tree of the figure of the late new church, and 
a house for the Minister 50 feet front from out to out, 16 
feet wide from in to in, 9 feet high a brick and half 

The building was apparently so far completed as to 
receive monuments on its walls by the following March, 
for that is the date of the one which records the death of 
Frances, wife of Sir Nicholas Lawes, a successful planter, and 
a wise and beneficent governor in times of great misfortune. 
Lawes himself was buried in the church of the parish, the 
interests of which he did much to further, but his tomb is 
not now to be found. His name still lives in Laws street, 

The following further extracts from the vestry minutes 
are interesting : " 1697, order for building a Vestry room 
and hanging the Bell " ; " 1699, April 29, Bargain about a 
Steeple " ; "... December 22, Order for pewing the 

The church was finally completed in 1700. In 1701 Sir 
William Beeston and his wife gave, as we have seen, a site 
in Kingston for the erection of a church in that town, and 
in the year following, namely, on January 13, 1702, the 
Vestry of St. Andrew ordered " That the benches belonging 


to the church be given to Kingston for the use of their 
church." On October 26, 1703, it was ordered " that the 
tyles be taken off the roof of the church, and that it be 
covered with shingles instead thereof " ; and in 1705 that 
the ceiling, &c., be plaistered. Richard Hill is probably in 
error in saying that " the then existing church shattered 
and blown down in the hurricane of 1712 and 1722 was 
succeeded by the present edifice," but one's later day 
experience of hurricane and earthquake have shown that 
these and the work of " restorers " make sad havoc of 
the historic evidence offered by monumental inscriptions. 
In 1685 it was decided to order a communion service from 
England, but the oldest chalice and flagon in the church 
bear the date 1700, and the mark, B.O., of John Boddington 
(who made a communion flagon which is at North Cerney 
in Gloucestershire). 

On June 9, 1741, the churchwardens were ordered to 
send to Great Britain for a " Pulpit Cloth with Cushions 
and other necessary ornaments for the Pulpit, Reading 
Desk, and Communion Table, of crimson, with a plain 
gold fringe, and six dozen hassocks." The edifice was 
somewhat damaged in the hurricane of October 20, 1 744 ; 
and on November 3 following the churchwardens were 
orderedto agree with workmen to put the church immediately 
in repair and secure the windows with substantial shutters 
on the outside. In 1760 orders were given for the importa- 
tion of an organ, and on July 1, 1762, Messrs. Freeman 
and Dixper were employed to take down the old organ 
and to put up and tune the new one for £80. 

For many years the church remained, as it was built, 
a plain unattractive structure, by men who had the fear 
of earthquake and hurricane before them. In 1879-80 
extensive restorations were carried out ; the Campbell 
memorial chancel was added, extensions were made to 
the north and south ends of the transept, and at the west 
end so as to connect nave and tower, and the ceiling was 

In 1904, in order to provide extra accommodation, a 
south chancel aisle, designed with deep-mullioned, un- 


glazed window-openings, so as to exclude sunlight and yet 
admit fresh au% was added in memory of the late rector, 
the Rev. H. H. Isaacs. And in 1909 extensive repairs, 
involving the pulling down of the shattered tower, the space 
occupied by which was thrown into the nave, were rendered 
necessary by the earthquake of 1907. 

The first rector, James Zellers, was appointed to St. 
Andrew on June 9, 1664, and since that date the parish 
has been served by but sixteen rectors, giving an average 
of upwards of fifteen years for each incumbent — not a bad 
record for a " pestilential climate," as that of Jamaica was 
formerly called. 

In this connection it is of interest to note that a recent 
member of the congregation worshipped in the church 
for upwards of seventy years, for a large part of which 
time he was verger. Stephen Dale, who was born in the 
parish of Manchester in or about 1806, came to St. Andrew 
as a slave on Cassia Park, a property near the church, 
when a young man, and lived in Halfway Tree tUl his 
death. Though pensioned as verger in 1896, he still, 
to the advanced age of 106, in 1912, played his part in 
collecting the offertory at the Sunday services, and per- 
formed other duties in connection with the church. He 
remembered that he was thirty-two years of age at the 
time of Emancipation. 

Of the monuments by far the most interesting from an 
art point of view is that formerly on the south wall of the 
chancel, now on the north wall of the nave, to James 
Lawes, One of the best pieces of iconic sculpture in the 
island, it is by John Cheere (miscalled Sheere by Lawrence- 
Archer), the brother of Sir Henry Cheere (b. 1703, d. 1781), 
at first a pupil of Sheeniakers, and afterwards employer 
and instructor of Roubiliac. 

Sir Henij Cheere was the chief of the statuaries of his 
time, working in marble, bronze, and lead to meet the 
demand for garden decoration. He executed numerous 
monuments for Westminster Abbey. In 1760 he was 
chosen by the County of Middlesex to present a congratu- 
latory address to the King on his accession. Knighted 


on that occasion, he was created a baronet six years 
later. In 1755 he drew up the first proposals for the forma- 
tion of the Royal Academy. All we are told of John Cheere 
is that he was " also a statuary and probably a partner 
in Ms brother's works." 

Of James Lawes almost all there is to tell is stated in 
Latin on his handsome monument. He was baptized in 
1697, married in 1720, and was member of the house of 
Assembly for St. Andrew in 1721, and for Vere in 1722. 
He was called up to the council in 1725. He died in 1733. 
He had a dormant commission, but never acted as governor. 
His widow re-married, in 1742, William Home, eighth 
Earl of Home, governor of Gibraltar. His epitaph, trans- 
lated, rims as follows : 

In this neighbourhood lie the remains of the Hon. James Lawes : 
he was the first-born son of Sir Nicholas Lawes, the Governor of 
this island, by his wife Susanna Temple : he married Elizabeth, 
the only daughter and heiress of William Gibbon, Esquire : then 
in early manhood, when barely thirty-six years of age, he 
obtained almost the highest position of distinction amongst his 
coimtrymen, being appointed Lieutenant-Governor by royal 
warrant ; but before he entered on his duties, in the prime of life— 
alas ! — he died on the 29th day of December, a.d. 1733. 

In him we lose an upright and honoured citizen, a faithful 
and industrious friend, a most affectionate husband, a man who was 
just and kind to all, and distinguished by the lustre of genuine 
religion. His wife who survived him had this tomb erected to 
perpetuate the memory of a beloved husband. 

His arms are painted on the monument : " Or, on a 
chief azure, three estoiles of eight points or. On an 
escutcheon of pretence, or, a lion rampant sable debruised' 
of a bend gules charged with three escallops, or." 

He was probably born at Temple Hall, where his father, 
governor of the colony from 1718 till 1722, introduced 
towards the close of his life, in 1728, the coffee plant into 
the island. His mother was a daughter of Thomas Temple, 
of Francton, Warwickshire, and Temple Hall, in St. Andrew, 
sister of "La Belle Temple," of de Grammont (wife of 
Sir Charles Lyttelton, governor of Jamaica), and widow 
of Samuel Bernard, speaker of the Assembly. She was 


the foxirth of Sir Nicholas Lawes's five wives, all widows 
when he married them. 

Other interesting monuments in the church are those 
to Zachary Bayly, uncle and patron of Bryan Edwards, 
the historian, who wrote his flowery epitaph typical of the 
time ; to Admiral Davers, who was one of the principal 
actors in the quarrel between Sir Chaloner Ogle and the 
governor, Trelawny, an echo of the jealousy of Went- 
worth and Vernon, which was a factor in their deplorable 
failure at Cartagena ; and to General Villettes (by Sir 
Richard Westmacott), commander of the forces and 
lieutenant-governor, to whom there is a mural tablet in 
Westminster Abbey ; and in the churchyard is the monu- 
ment of Christopher Lipscomb, first bishop of Jamaica. 

The earliest dated tomb is that to Edward Harrison, 
of the year 1695. The latest monuments of importance 
erected in the church are those in memory of Sir James 
Fergusson, who was killed in Kingston by the earthquake 
of 1907, and lies buried in the churchyard ; and a brass 
tablet to the memory of Sir Anthony Musgrave, a former 

The number of naval men buried here is somewhat 
remarkable for an inland church : Admiral Davers (d. 1746), 
Dr. Charles Mackglashan, R.N. (d. 1834), Commodores 
Pring (d. 1846), Peter McQuhae (d. 1853) and Cracroft 
(d. 1865), Admiral Holmes (d. 1761), Captains Renton 
(d. 1747-8), Shortland (d. 1827) and Morrish (d. 1861). 

Amongst military men are General William Anne Villettes 
(d. 1808), Lieut.-Col. Augustus Frederick Ellis (d. 1841), 
Lieut.-Col. Charles Markham (d. 1842), and Major-General 
Lambert (d. 1848). 

The old chandelier, at the west end, dating from the year 
1706, the gift of Nicholas Lawes, is a good example of 
EngUsh brass work of that period. The copy of the royal 
arms, also at the west end, dates from the time of Queen 
Anne, as the initials A. R. testify. The tattered flags of 
the 3rd West India Regiment told of a time when there 
were more battalions than there are now. Laid up on the 
disbandment of the regiment in 1870, they were on July 31, 


1912, removed from the church to the recently erected 
garrison chapel at Up-Park Camp. 

The registers contain many records of interest. In the 
early years occm* the well-known names of Brayne, Beeston, 
Barry, EUctson and Lawes. 

Between 1671 and 1691 Colonel Samuel Barry had four 
children baptized ; Colonel William Beeston, five ; and 
Roger Elletson (who married Anne Hope on May 6, 1680), 

The Robert Beckford who, on June 6, 1688, married 
Anne Prenyard, must have been a member of the well- 
known family, possibly a brother of Colonel Peter Beckford, 
the president of the council. 

Amongst the baptisms are recorded those of Robert 
Charles Dallas, the author of " The History of the Maroons," 
on Christmas day, 1756 ; of William, son of Lieut.-Col. 
John Dalhng, afterwards governor of the island, in 1771 ; 
and of Marie Antoinette, daughter of Maria Despouches 
and Sir Hyde Parker, vice-admiral of the red, in 1797. 

Slaves were often baptized en bloc. In 1780 four negroes 
" the property of the Dutchess of Chandos " were baptized 
on February 8. On May 5, 1790, five slaves, the property 
of Simon Taylor, the wealthiest man of his time, were 
baptized ; and on September 9, 1803, eighteen slaves 
on Mona estate ; and on July 15, 1815, twenty-nine 
male adults, twenty-seven female adults, eight male and 
nine female children slaves were baptizsd on Fair HiU 

The good people of Kingston not infrequently came to 
St. Andrew to be married, e.g., on September 12, 1792, 
Robert Hibbert, Esq., Jun., of the parish of Kingston, 
married Elizabeth Jane Nembhard, of the same parish. 
Another interesting marriage that took place in St. Andrew 
was that of Phihp Livingston of Kingston, merchant 
(the eldest son of Philip Livingston, one of the signers of 
the Declaration of Independence of the United States in 
1776), to Sarah Johnson, of the parish of St. Andrew, on 
June 29, 1768. Apparently, also, sometimes burial services 
were conducted in St. Andrew prior to entombment else- 


"where. Under date November 5, 1702, is recorded the 
death of " Admiral John Bembo," whose tombstone is 
in Kingston parish church. He had died at Port Royal 
on November 4. There is an old tradition that Benbow 
was buried at Greenwich, then a naval station on the 
harbour to the west of Kingston. This would be compatible 
with the entry in the Halfway Tree register, as Greenwich 
was and is in the parish of St. Andrew ; but James Knight, 
who was member for Kingston in 1722 and following years, 
says, in a manuscript history of Jamaica in the British 
Museum, " He was buried the day following [his death] 
in the church at Kingston, greatly lamented by all ranks 
of people." It is strange, therefore, that his burial should 
be recorded in the register of St. Andrew. It may be that 
when two rectors took part in the burial service each 
recorded it. 

Amongst other interesting items in the burials we read : 
" 1772, Nov. 6, Mrs. Clies, mother-in-law to Sir George 
Bridges Rodney, Bart." She was the mother of Rodney's 
second wife, Henrietta. Her husband was John Clies, of 

The following is a complete list of the rectors of the 
parish : 

Rev. James Zellers 

Rev. John Moodie 

Rev. George Wright 

Rev. John Carey 

Rev. Alexander Inglif 

Rev. George Eccles 

Rev. Gideon Castelfranc 

Rev. John Pool, LL.B. 

Rev. John Campbell . 

Rev. Alexander Campbell, 

Ven. Archdeacon Richard 

Panton, D.D. 
Rev. William Mayhew, M.A. 
Rev. George Taylor Braine, 


Auau3t 1872 to Oct. 1878 Ven. Archdeacon Duncan 

■ '^ Houston Campbell, M.A. 


1664 to 25th May 


1700 to 5th July 


1710 to 22nd Oct. 


1714 to 25th March 


1738 to 26th April 


1747 to 25th Oct. 


1760 to 13th April 


1768 to 


1782 to May 


1813 to 8th Dec. 


1858 to 



T 1861 to 



1870 to August 



March 1879 to 22nd Sept. 1900 Rev. Hubert Headland Isaacs' 

January 1901 Rev. Edward Jocelyn Wortley 

Amongst interesting houses are Lundie's Pen, Halfway 

KING Edward's clock towbe 

Tree, a tjrplcal eighteenth-century Jamaica house, but 
altered after the earthquake of 1907 — it bears date Sep- 
tember 3, 1767. King's House, which was formerly the 
residence of the Bishop of Jamaica, was purchased for 
£,5900 as an official residencs of the governor, on the 
removal of the seat of government to Kingston in 1872, 


A dining-hall and ballroom were added later. It was 
wrecked by the earthquake of 1907, and was rebuilt in 
1909 from designs by Sir Charles Nicholson. In it are two 
full-length portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds of George III 
and Queen Charlotte, copies of the portraits which were: 
painted in 1779 and for which Reynolds received £4201 
Reynolds made it a condition of his acceptance of the 
presidentship of the Royal Academy that he should be 
allowed to paint portraits of the king and queen. The 
portraits were presented to the Royal Academy by the 
king. Thirteen pairs of copies were painted. Copies are 
in the possession of the Earl of Malmesbury at Heron Court ; 
at the Viceregal Lodge, Dublin ; at Hatfield House ; at 
Cobham Hall ; at Knole ; the Ssnior United Service Club, 
London ; and the Cutlers' Company ; and the pair men- 
tioned above at Jamaica. The king is seated in his 
robes, with the sceptre in his right hand ; in the back- 
ground are a canopy and the aisles of Westminster Abbey. 
The qusen is seated on a throne, with a sceptre on a cushion 
in front. She is clad in a gold-embroidered dress, with lace 
sleeves, and ermine train and robe. 

At Halfway is Kins Edward's Clo3k Tower, erected as 
a memorial by public subscription in 1913. 

The Stony Hill Barracks (dating from 1799) are now 
used as an Industrial School. In 1844 they were un- 
occupied, and the Assembly suggested that they should 
form a lodging for the convicts which, it was proposed,, 
should tunnel Stony Hill. Amongst the tombs is one tO' 
the memory of an officer of the York Chasseurs who fell in. 
a duel in 1818. 

During the latter years of the eighteenth century the 
Jamaica naval station was one of very great importance, 
to the British Empire. The North American (with whichi 
it was later united) was then considered a fine station for 
making prize-money, but the West Indies was, to us© 
Nelson's own words, "the station for honour." Earlier 
in the century, however, riches had been added to honour 
for those who held command at Jamaica. 

In addition to the naval station at Port Royal (whsrs 



the commodore on the station till recently resided "at 
Admiralty house), there were for many years to the west 
of Kingston a dockyard at Greenwich (with a depot for 
miihtary stores, and a hospital, as well as a cemetery 
attached) which was the point of embarkation for the naval 
authorities ; and a pen residence for the commander- 
in-chief near Kingston, known as Admiral's Pen. At 
times the admiral on the station had a house in the hills, 
and there was at one period a naval convalescent hospital 
(now called The Cottage) in the St. Andrew mountains. 

The earliest record of a suggestion for a permanent 
residence for the admiral on the station is to be found in 
the will of Zachary Bayly (the uncle of Bryan Edwards 
the historian) who offered Greenwich Park, situated be- 
tween Admiral's Pen and Greenwich, near Kingston, to 
the government " for the use and residence of a Governor, 
or of the Commander-in-chief for the time being, of His 
Majesty's ships of war employed or kept upon this station," 
at a reduction of £1000 sterling on a just valuation. This 
ofier, which Bryan Edwards, as executor, made to the 
House of Assembly in 1770, was not accepted. 

But in 1773 the House resolved " that a sum not ex- 
ceeding £2500 (currency) be laid out in purchasing the 
house and pen in the parish of St. Andrew, where Sir 
Wiliiam Burnaby, Admiral Keppel, and Admiral Parry 
formerly lived, to be annexed to the Government for the 
use of the Commander-in-Chief of his Majesty's ships of 
war on this station." 

Admiral's Pen was bought on January 13, 1774, by 
Jasper Hall, et al., commissioners for purchasing a pen for 
the admiral on the station, from John Bailing, et ux., for 
the sum of £2500 (currency). This was Lieut. -Colonel 
Dalling, who was then lieutenant-governor. Itspiurchase 
was no doubt due to Rodney, who was then the admiral on 
the station. As he left, however, in that year, Gayton, 
commodore at Jamaica in 1776-78, was probably the 
first admiral to inhabit it as an official residence. Gayton 
Was followed by, amongst others. Sir Peter Parker, Joshua 
Rowley, Gardner^ Affleck, Sir Hyde Parker, Lord Hugh 


Seymour, Sir J. T. Duckworth, Dacres, Cochrane, Douglas 
and Popham. In November 1829 Admiral Fleeming 
reported that Admiral's Pen was "ruinous and unin- 

On May 20, 1863, Thomas Cushnie, for the Executive 
Committee of the Government, bought it for £600 (sterling). 
It is now used as a Union Poorhouse for Kingston and 
St. Andrew. Its whitewashed walls and stones along the 
drive recall the coastguard stations of England, and keep 


alive the memory of its connection with the navy of^Great 
Britain at a period of some of its brightest achievements. 

To Admiral's Pen in 1780 Nelson was brought, after a 
short sojourn at Port Royal, on his retuin from the San 
Juan expedition, and, weak from fever and dysentery, 
was tenderly nursed by Lady Parker and her housekeeper, 
Mrs. Yates, while even the admiral himself took his turn 
in sitting up with the patient. We are told that Nelson's 
aversion from taking medicine was so great that they had 
to send it to him by the hand of the admiral's youngest 
daughter. On June 11 Nelson went up to the admiral's 
hill residence, or " Admiral's Mountain," as he calls it in a 
letter to his friend Hercules Ross. 

Lady Nugent, in her " Journal of a Voyage to and 
Residence in the Island of Jamaica," refers to the Admiral's 



Pen niofe than once. On September 13, 1H04, when Sir 
John Thomas Duckworth was admiral, she writes : 

Breakfast at 8, as usual. Have at 11 a second breakfast of 
fruit, wine, cake, etc., and at 12 all set off for the Admiral's Penn ; 
Lady M[argaret Cameron, wife of the Governor of the Bahamas], 
her young people, and myself, in the sociable, with our two black 
postillionb in scarlet liveries, but with black ancles peeping out of 
their particulars, and altogether rather a novel sort of appearance, 
to Europeans just arrived. General N. and Mr. Cameron in the 
curricle. Aides-de-camp, servants, etc., in kittareens, and on 


horseback ; and all arrived in grand procession at the Admiral's 
at about 3. Refreshments were ready, and then we all creolized 
ti^l 5 o'clock. A large party, of the Navy chiefly, at dinner. Cards ; 
and to bed soon after ten. 

The banquets and other ceremonies that have taken 
place within the walls of Admiral's Pen must have been 
excelled in splendour only by those of King's House, 
Spanish Town, in its palmiest days. 

" Long before Kingston had been settled as a town," says 
the late Mr. G. F. Judah in his " Rock Fort, Fort Castile, 
Fort Nugent" (Kingston, 1906), "Rock Fort, with its 
surroundings then lying in both the old parishes of Port 
Royal and St. Andrew, had acquired a name and reputation 
of its own." 


Though not one of the earliest spots to be defended in 
Jamaica under British rule, Rock Fort, at Harbour Head 
(not to be confounded with Rocky Fort on the Palisadoes), 
which commands the approach to Kingston from the east, 
or windward as it was commonly called in the days of 
sailing-ships, came into importance before the close of 
the seventeenth century. It was first fortified as a protec- 
tion against the threatened French invasion from San 
Domingo, under Du Casse in 1694 ; and enlarged and 
strengthened from time to time. It was manned in 1865, 
when it was feared that the rising in St. Thomas would 
spread to Kingston. Near Rock Fort is the site of a 
Naval Watering Place, established by Admiral Vernon in 
1739-42, where Rodney later added a conduit, still to be 
seen, for the conveyance of fresh water from the spring 
to the shore. Sir James Castile, a native of Barcelona 
but a naturaUsed Englishman, who had come to Jamaica 
as agent for the Assiento Company of Spain, which had 
the exclusive right to import slaves and other objects 
from Africa to the Spanish West Indies, and to which 
was joined the Royal African Company of England, 
received his letters of naturalisation in March, 1684-85 ; 
and in the July following he acc[uired land in Port Royal, 
where he established offices for his company, which he 
could not have done had he been an alien. In 1690 he 
purchased 300 acres of land in the old parish of Port Royal 
(now St. Andrew), near Harbour Head, and in the following 
year he acquired one hundred more in St. Andrew near 
by. In September 1693 letters patent were issued by 
the governor, Sir William Beeston, authorising Castile " to 
enclose his dwelling house at Three Rivers in the Parisl 
of St. Andrews, with imbattled walls for the security and 
defence of his said house and plantation and negroes and 
the parts adjacent, against their Majesty's Enemys " ; and 
thus arose Fort Castile, about a mile and a quarter beyond 
Rock Fort. In the June following, under fear of French 
invasion, with the defences of Port Royal ruined by the 
recent eai-thquake, Colonel Lawes " drew lines and secured 
a narrow pass to the eastward of Kingston," and thi§ 


became Rock Port, and Du Casse was led to make his attack 
to the west of St. Jago de la Vega at Carlisle Bay. Sir 
James assisted not only at Rock Fort, but also at his OAvn 
dwelling ; " having garrisoned and provided his house, 
which was well walled and guarded for a defence, they 
built a regular fort on the parade." 

In 1702 Castile petitioned the House of Assembly in 
respect to the great charge he had been put to in building 
Fort Castile, and the House voted him £500 in compensa- 
tion. He died in 1709, and in 1711 his widow petitioned 
for consideration in view of the fact that for five years the 
fort was occupied by her Majesty's forces, " during which 
time it ran greatly to ruin." 

From that time nothing is recorded of Rock Fort till 
1753, when £300 was voted for its defence (£7000 being 
voted for Mosquito Point, afterwards called Fort Augusta) ; 
and thence onwards it is frequently reported on by the 
various committees appointed from time to time to report 
to the Assembly on the state of the fortifications and 
barracks of the island; and in 1755 £5000 was voted to 
be expended on Rock Fort. The following account of it 
is given by Long : 

It consists of two bastions, mounting twenty-one guns (twenty- 
four pounders), and furnished with a small powder-magazine, and 
other habiliments of war necessary for its defence. Upon the face 
•of the hill is a little battery of six guns, with traversed lines that 
lead up to it. Outside the walls is a wet ditch, svuik lower than 
the surface of the water in the harbour ; so that it may be occa- 
sionally filled. The fort is provided also with a drawbridge towards 
the Eastern road ; casemates for lodging the men ; and a house 
for the officers. It is too small to admit a garrison of more than 
seventy men : nevertheless, governor Kn[o]l[e]s was so confident 
of its strength, that he maintained that it was capable of standing 
a siege against ten thousand. It defends the access towards the 
town from the Eastward, and would undoubtedly prove a great 
security against an attack from that quarter ; for the only way 
leading to it is narrow, and confined a considerable length in a 
straight direction, exposed to the'whole fire of the fort, without a 
possibility of annoying it : nor could trenches be formed, to carry 
on a regular approach, as the road is all the way a shallow sand 
close by the water's edge. A guard of soldiers is always kept here ; 
but the fort is said to be very unhealthy to the men and their 
officers. The cause of this has by some bsen imputed to their 



drinking from a brackish stream which runs near it. Others ascribe 
it to the extreme heat reverberated down upon them from the hill, 
which rises like a wall above the fort. And some have thought it 
proceeded from a lagoon, which lies near the mouth of Mammee 
River, about three miles to the Eastward. To corroborate the 
latter opinion, is alledged the instance, mentioned by Lind, of 
Whydaw-castle, on the coast of Africa ; which has been rendered 
more unhealthy than the Negroe-town in its neighbourhood by a 
flight of circumstance unattended to at first. It is built on a small 
spot of ground, which the sea breezes cannot reach without passing 
over a little, inconsiderable brook of water, which produces some 

_'&" '■"'^Y-'t' 

.... 'WW'- 


aquatic plants always covered with a putrid slime. It is certain, 
from constant experience, that places adjacent to a. foul shore, or 
stagnant waters, near the coast in the West Indies, are invariably 
unhealthful. But, whatever be the cause, it deserves a minute 
enquiry of gentlemen of the faculty, in order to its discovery ; to 
the end that, if it arises from some local evil, that cannot be reme- 
died, the men might be lodged at night in convenient huts, erected 
for them upon the hill-side ; by which means all of them, except 
those on immediate duty in the fort, might enjoy a purer air, 
especially in those hours when a depraved air is found to be most 
pernicious ; for this is a post of so much importance to the Town, 
that the men stationed here ought neither to be disheartened by 
apprehensions, nor disabled by sickness, from doing their regular 
duty. The assembly having lately granted 1500L for erecting 
barracks at this fort to contain two hundred men ; if the situation 
be properly attended to, the result will shew, whether the unhealthi- 


ness of the garrison has been owing to a pestilent quality in the air, 
or some other cause. 

It is interesting to read Long's reference to the lagoon, 
having in view the unpleasant experiences which Kingston 
has had in recent years from the smell of the YaUahs 
ponds from time to time, notably in 1906. 

In 1805 fear of French invasion was very real in Jamaica, 
martial law was proclaimed, and in December (before the 
news of Trafalgar reached the island) a law was passed for 
purchasing Castile Fort and certain lands (118 acres) 
surrounding it, for completing the works of that Fort, 
and for putting the same on the Island establishment 
under the name of Fort Nugent, in honour of Lieutenant- 
General George Nugent, then lieutenant-governor. The 
martello tower hard by must have been built about the 
same time. In 1865, owing to fear of a descent on Kingston 
by the rioters of Morant Bay, the fort was manned by 

The view of the old guns lying about in picturesque 
confusion, shown in the sketch (on the previous page) copied 
from a photograph taken in 1908, no longer exists, as the 
fort has since been reconstructed. 

When the lands on the plain of Liguanea were divided 
amongst themselves by Cromwell's army of occupation, 
that part on which the Constant Spring estate stands fell 
to the lot of Lieutenant- Colonel Henry Archbould, a 
member of the first Council nominated in 1661. He 
married in 1668 (he was her third husband and she was 
his second wife) the mother of Sir Nicholas Lawes (after- 
wards governor of the colony), but died in the following 
year, she surviving him twenty years. His son. Colonel 
Henry Archbould, who had sat for St. George from 1680 
to 1688, was elected member of the Assembly for St. 
Andrew in 1701-2. His wife, Joanna Wilhelmina, was 
sister to the wife and cousin of Sir Henry Morgan (buccaneer 
and governor of Jamaica) and sister to the wife of Colonel 
Robert B3Tidlos, chief justice. She obtained a patent 
of naturalisation in August 1685. The second Colonel 
Archboulddied in_1709, and was buried in Halfway-Tree 


church. The first Colonel Archbould's second son, Major 
William Archbould, was member for St. Andrew in 1688. 
James Archbould, the son of his second wife, was 
member for St. Andrew in 1702-4, but sat for St. David in 

In 1759 a private Act was passed (we read in Feurtado's 
" Official and other Personages of Jamaica," 1896) for 
the sale of certain lands in Liguanea belonging to Henry 
Archbould, late of the said parish, deceased, for payment 
of £8000 with interest, devised by the will of the said 
Henry Archbould, to his daughter, Sarah EHzabeth 
Archbould, and for other purposes. 

In 1765 Constant Spring estate with some mountain land 
adjoining, called Snow Hill, was (the writer was informed 
by Mr. G. F. Judah) sold by Henry Archbould to Daniel 
Moore, who had in the previous year provisionally leased 
the property. Daniel Moore, member of the Assembly 
for St. Andrew from 1768 to 1781, who had done a thriving 
trade in prizes and prize money in those privateering days, 
and was latterly joined in business by Jasper Farmer, 
died in 1783—4, and his properties formed part of his 
residuary estate. After his death there was a suit in 
Chancery, " Maitland vs. Moore et al," and in 1785 Con- 
stant Spring and Snow Hill, with its slaves and other 
effects, were sold under a decree of the Court at Ililej''"s 
tavern in Kingston for £33,000 current money of the 
Island. It became afterwards the property of George 
Cuthbert (who administered the government of Jamaica 
in 1832), who mortgaged it for £77,000 to Alexandre 
Lindo, a retired merchant ; the latter sold the mortgage 
debt in 1810 to his son, Abraham Alexandre Lindo, the 
proprietor of Kingston Pen. 

It was during the ownership of Daniel Moore in 1770 
that an Act was passed empowering him to bring, by means 
of a tunnel through the mountain range and an aqueduct, 
the water of the Wag Water (the Agua Alta of the Spaniards) 
to his estate, which means now serve in part to supply 
the town of Kingston with water. It was entitled " An 
Act to enable Daniel Moore, Esquire, to take up a sufficient 


quantity of water for turning mills for grinding sugar- 
canes, out of or from Agua Alta River, commonly called 
Wag Water River, in the parish of St. Andrew ; and to 
convey the same to his works on the plantation in the said 
parish, called Constant Spring." 

In 1898 the original brick-lined tunnel, which is about 
half a mile in extent, was straightened in parts, and con- 
verted into a concrete pipe of six feet diameter. The 
proposal to supply Kingston with water from the Wag 
Water was first made, it is interesting to note, as early as 

In 1811 there were on the estate 401 slaves and 22 head 
of stock. 

As the result of legal proceedings of a protracted character 
the estate about 1832 became the property of Mrs. Jasper 
Farmer Cargill {nee Jane Marston), when there were 
312 slaves and 31 head of stock ; the only estate in the 
lowland district of St. Andrew with more slaves being 

It later passed into the hands of Chrystie and Porteous, 
merchants of Kingston, the memory of this ownership 
still living in the title Porteous's Pen, applied to a lower 
and now distinct part of the property. In the 'seventies 
it was owned by a Captain Carson, a son of a member of 
the above-named firm. 

In the year 1888 the American Hotels company was 
formed in Jamaica, principally with Jamaica capital, and 
properties were acquired and two or three hotels were 
started, Constant Spring amongst the number. When the 
Jamaica Exhibition of 1891 was in preparation, the 
Government, thinking there was not enough hotel ac- 
commodation, passed the Hotels Companies law, and the 
directors of the Constant Spring hotel, as it was not paying 
as well as was anticipated, mortgaged it to the Government, 
to whom they subsequently handed it over. Golf links 
and tennis courts now usurp the place of cane- fields. The 
hotel since that date afforded a pleasant temporary home 
for numberless visitors to the island. 

At the commencement of the nineteenth century Con- 

i3x. AiMjnrLiVV 219 

stant Spring estate was the place selected for his experi- 
ments in the improvement of the manufacture of sugar 
and rum by Dr. Bryan Higgins (miscalled " Wiggins " in 
Gardner's " History of Jamaica "), the celebrated physician 
and chemist, who came to Jamaica in 1797 at the instance 
of the West India Committee (as related in the issue of 
the " Circular " for November 6, 1906). 
^^ On March 4, 1801, the House of Assembly resolved, 
" That a Committee be appointed to visit Constant Spring 
estate in Liguanea, on Monday, the 9th instant, to inspect 


what improvements Dr. Higgins has effected there in the 
manufacture of sugar and rum, and to report their opinion 
thereon to the House." 

On the 13th of that month the Committee made a 
lengthy report, in which it stated that : 

" As Doctor Higgins has exemplified practically what 
theoretically he has detailed in print, the Committee deem 
it unnecessary to lay before the House in their report a 
more particular account of what they have seen and so 
satisfactorily approve. 

" That the Committee lament that they have to state 
to the House that the infirm state of Doctor Higgins's 
health obhges him to return to England this year ; his 
assiduous and indefatigable exertions, both of body and 


mind, in the public service ever since his arrival, of which 
every gentleman with whom he has by turns resided is a 
witness, have been too much for his weak frame and 
advanced years, and render the change of climate necessary." 

" The observations and Advices for the Improvement of 
Muscavado Sugar and Rum by Bryan Higgins, M.D.," 
was published in the "Columbian Magazine " in Kingston 
in 1798. 

Constant Spring forms part of the scene of a tale by 
Captain Brooke- Knight, entitled " The Captain's Story, 
or Adventures in Jamaica Thirty Years Ago," which 
appeared in the " Leisure Hour," illustrated by (Sir) John 
Gilbert, in 1859-60, and was afterwards published in book 
form with the same illustrations about 1880, under the 
title " The Captain's Story, or Jamaica Sixty Years 
Since." At the time of the story (1832) Constant Spring, 
which is in it called " Running Water," was, as is men- 
tioned above, the property of Mrs. Cargill ; and Judge 
Jasper Farmer Cargill figures in the work as Mr. Jasper. 
The author. Captain Brooke-Knight, who appears as 
Lieutenant Brook, married Miss Marston. 

The original Constant Spring works stood to the east 
of the new main road to Stony Hill, about seven mUes 
from Kingston, just below the aqueduct. They were 
later removed to the other side of the road lower down 
the hill, near the end of the car line, where they still stand 
in ruins ; and traces of the stone guttering connecting the 
old works with the new may still be seen on the east side 
of the main road. The late Dr. Cargill stated (in an article 
on " The Captain's Story " which appeared in the " Journal 
of the Institute of Jamaica " in 1896) that the great house 
stood a little below the aqueduct. Mr. Soutar, however, 
says that the house at Spring Garden was the original great 
house. The remains of a substantial thoiigh short Ihght 
of stone steps (marking, Mr. Soutar says, the old still-house) 
exist to-day just above the reservoirs, commanding one 
of the finest views to be obtained on the higher slopes of 
the plain of Liguanea. These old aqueducts, which enhance 
the beauty of many a Jamaica landscape, besides telling 


of the day when sugar was king, afford the best examples 
of architecture to be found in the island. 

It was at Constant Spring hotel in 1894 that " Alice 
Spinner " wrote a " Study in Colour," one of the best 
pictures of negro character sketched by an Enghsh pen ; 
and the hotel figures in the story as Summerlands Hotel, 
where " no ill-cooked stew or muddy coffee could rob the 
glorious mountains of their jewelled peak." 

Olivier Road, near Constant Spring, helps to record the fact 
that Sir Sydney Ohvier,when colonial secretary, lived near by. 
It is the only publicly-given name after a colonial secretary. 

Although of late, writers, misled by Anthony TroUope's 
doubting reference to the story, and by a misreading of 
Froude's words, have attempted to prove that " Tom 
Cringle's Log," a work which brought literary fame to 
Michael Scott at a bound, was probably written in Glasgow 
in the intervals of business, and although it is possible he 
may have rewritten in that city the chapters to suit the 
pages of " Blackwood," there seems very good evidence 
still obtainable that the original studies of Jamaica life 
and character, which have delighted three or four genera- 
tions of readers, were actually written in Jamaica. 

Michael Scott, who was born at Cowlairs, on the outskirts 
of Glasgow, on October 30, 1789, was the son of Allan 
Scott, a Glasgow merchant and owner of a small estate 
at Cowlairs. After being educated at the high school 
and the university of Glasgow, he came in 1806 to Jamaica 
to manage several estates. Four years later he entered 
in Kingston a business the nature of which compelled 
him to travel frequently both by sea and road. He visited 
the neighbouring islands, especially Cuba and the Spanish 
Main, and the experiences of tropical scenery and nautical 
hfe thus gained formed the basis of his " Log." In 1817 
he returned to Scotland, and in the following year he 
married Margaret, daughter of Robert Bogle, of Gilmore 
Hill, a merchant in Glasgow. He returned to Jamaica 
immediately afterwards, but left the island finally in 1822, 
and, setthng in Glasgow, became a partner in his father- 
in-law's firm, Bogle, Harris and Co., of Glasgow, and Bogle^ 


Douglas and Co., of Maracaybo. He died in Glasgow on 
November 7, 1835. It was in 1829, we learn from Mow- 
bray Morris's introduction to the edition of 1895, that 
the " Log " began to make its appearance in " Black- 
wood's Magazine " as a disconnected series of sketches, 
pubHshed intermittently as the author supplied them, or 
as the editor found it convenient to print them. Black- 
wood, while keenly alive to their value, was urgent, we 
are told, with the author to give these sketches some 
connecting link, which, without binding him to the strict 
rules of narrative composition, would add a strain of 
personal and continuous interest to the movement of the 
story. The young midshipman accordingly began to cut 
a more conspicuous figure ; and in July 1832 the title 
of " Tom Cringle's Log " was prefixed to what is now the 
eighth but was then called the eleventh chapter. Hence- 
forward the " Log " proceeded regularly each month, 
with but one intermission, to its conclusion in August 
1833 ; and in that year it appeared in volume form in 
Philadelphia, in what was probably an unauthorised 
edition. Mowbray Morris gives 1834 as the year of its 
first appearance as a book ; the " Dictionary of National 
Biography " says 1836 ; AUibone gives 1833. Both the 
" Log " and its successor, " The Cruise of the Midge," 
were highly praised at the time, and Coleridge, in his 
" Table Talk," called them " most excellent." Scott so 
successfully concealed his identity that he was dead before 
his authorship of " Tom Cringle " was known. It was 
attributed to Captain Chamier, to Captain Marryat, and to 
Professor Wilson, to whom it was ascribed in a German 
edition published at Brunswick in 1839. From internal 
evidence it is clear that the events in this story synchronise, 
if they are not identical, with Scott's own travels. 

Anthony TroUope, who visited Jamaica in 1859, tells us, 
in his " West Indies and the Spanish Main," that " Nothing 
can be grander, either in colour or grouping, than the ravines 
of the Blue Mountain ranges of hiUs. Perhaps the finest 
view in the island is from Raymond Lodge [sic], a house 
high up among the moun+'^ins, in which, so local rumouj. 


says, ' Tom Cringle's Log ' was written." Trollope mis- 
represented the case and misled later writers when he used 
the expression " so local rumour says," for he heard the 
story from the then owner of Raymond Hall, Captain 
Hinton East, as Captain East's daughter, the late Mrs. 
Marescaux, one of the two ladies whom Trollope mentions 
as accompanying him on his ride to Newcastle, well re- 
membered, and told the present writer. 

Mowbray Morris says that "the tradition seems to 
have died away before Froude's visit," but the reason 
why the historian did not mention it is probably because 
he never heard it. Raymond Hall is the great house on 
Maryland coffee estate. Situated in the Blue Mountains 
at an altitude of about 3000 feet, some eleven miles from 
Kingston, it has been in the possession of the East family 
for upwards of 200 years. When Scott was here it was 
in the possession of Sir Edward Hyde East. In the returns 
of properties given in the "Jamaica Almanac" for 1840, 
Maryland is recorded as being 1265 acres in extent. In 
1845 it had increased to 1700. 

Mr. Hamilton, the original Aaron Bang in the " Log," 
was, at the time when Michael Scott was in Jamaica, 
planting-attorney to Sir Edward Hyde East for Maryland ; 
he resided at times at Kingston, at Raymond Hall, and in 
St. Thomas-in-the-Vale. At all three places his friend 
Scott was wont to stay with him. Hamilton was known 
among his friends as (Aaron) Bang from his fondness for 
practising with firearms, and until the hurricane of 1886 
there stood in front of Raymond Hall a cabbage palm, the 
stem of which was riddled with shot, it is said, from 
Hamilton's gun. Under this tree Scott wrote his studies 
of Jamaica life and scenery. So Captain East, who came 
out in 1836, only fourteen years after Scott had left, was 

An orange tree under which Scott, as he relates in his 
" Log," made love to his cousin Maria, stood till quite 
recently at the back of the house. Mrs. Marescaux^ re- 
membered the old estate carpenter, Stackpole by name, 
who was wont to show where Scott wrote, and where 


Hamilton fired at the cabbage palm from an old sofa which 
the writer saw resting in the same corner at Raymond 
Hall. The house was much shaken by the earthquake 
of 1907. 

The following is Scoit's description of the house and its 
view ; 

The beautiful cottage v/here we were sojourning was situated 
about 3000 feet above the level of the sea, and half-way up the 
great prong of the Blue Mountains, known by the name of the 
Liguanea range, which rises behind and overhangs the city 
of Kingston. . . . Immediately under foot rose several lower 
ranges of mountains — those nearest us, covered with laurel- 
looking coffee-bushes, interspersed with negro villages hanging 
among the fruit trees like clusters of birds' nests on the hill-side, with 
a bright green patch of plantain suckers here and there, and a 
white-painted overseer's house peeping from out the wood, and 
herds of cattle in the guinea-grass pieces. Beyond these stretched 
out the lovely plain of Liguanea covered with luxiiriant cane-pieces, 
and groups of negro houses, and guinea-grass pastures of even 
a deeper green than that of the canes ; and 'jmaller towns of sugar 
works rose every here and there, with their threads of white smoke 
floating up into the clear sky, while, as the plain receded the culti- 
vation disappeared, and it gradually became sterile, hot and sandy, 
until the Long Mountain hove its back like a whale from out the sea- 
like level of the plain ; while to the right of it appeared the city of 
Kingston, like a model, with its parade, or -pkice d'armes, in the 
centre, from which its long lines of hot, sandy streets stretched out 
at right angles, with the military post of Up-Park Camp, situated 
about a mile and a half to the northward and eastward of the town. 
Through a tolerably good glass the church spire looked like a needle, 
the trees about the houses like bushes, the tall cocoa-nut trees 
like harebells ; a slow crawling black speck here and there denoted 
a carriage moving along, while waggons with their teams of eighteen 
and twenty oxen looked like so many centipedes. At the camp, the 
two regiments drawn out on parade, with two nine-pounders on each 
flank, and their attendant gunners, looked like a red sparkling 
line, with two black spots at each end, surrounded by small black 

Michael Scott is nov/ chiefly remembered in connection 
with a cotton tree at Camp by the barracks, and one 
on the Spanish Town road, half-way from Kingston. 

The following is the passage from " Tom Cringle's Log " 
which has made the cotton tree at Up-Park Camp famous : 

"I had oeoaSion at this time to visit Up-Park Camp, a military 


post about a mile and a half from Kingston, where two regiments 
of infantry and a detachment of artillery were stationed. 

" In the forenoon I walked out in company with an officer, a 
relation of my own, whom I had gone to visit ; enjoying the fresh 
sea-breeze that whistled past us in half a gale of wind, although 
the sun was vertical, and shining into the bottom of a pint-pot, as 
the sailors have it. 

The barracks were built on what appeared to me a very dry 
situation (although I have since heard it alleged that there was 
a swamp to windward of it, over which the sea-breeze blew, but 
this I did not see), considerably elevated above the hot, sandy 
plain on which Kingston stands, and sloping gently towards the sea. 
They were splendid, large, airy, two-storey buildings, well raised 
off the ground on brick pillars, so that there was a perfectly free 
ventilation of air between the surface of the earth and the floor of 
the first storey, as well as through the whole of the upper rooms. . . . 

" This superb establishment stood in an extensive lawn, not 
surpassed in beauty by any nobleman's park that I had ever seen. 
It was immediately after the rains when I visited it ; the grass 
was luxuriant and newly cut, and the trees, which grew in detached 
clumps, were most magnificent. We clambered up into one of them, 
a large umbrageous wild cotton tree, which cast a shadow on the 
ground — the sun beiag, as already mentioned, right overhead — 
of thirty paces in diameter ; but still it was but a dwarfish plant 
of its kind, for I have measured others whose gigantic shadows, at 
the same hour, were upwards of one hundred and fifty feet in 
diameter, and their trunks, one in particular that overhangs the 
Spanish Town Road, twenty feet through of aolid timber ; that is 
not including the enormous spurs that shoot out like buttresses, 
and end in strong twisted roots that strike deep into the earth 
and form stays, as it were, to the tree in all directions. 

Our object, however — ^publish it not in Askalon — was not so 
much to admire the charms of Nature as to enjoy the luxury of 
a real Havannah cigar in solitary comfort ; and a glorious perch 
we had selected. The shade was grateful beyond measure. The 
fresh breeze was rushing, almost roaring, through the leaves and 
groaning branches, and everything around was green, and fragrant, 
and cool, and delicious — by comparison, that is, for the thermometer 
would, I daresay, have still vouched for eighty degrees. The 
branches overhead were alive with a variety of beautiful lizards 
and birds of the gayest plumage ; amongst others, a score of small 
chattering green paroquets were hopping close to us, and plajring 
at bo-peep from the lower surfaces of the leaves of the wild pine 
(a sort of Brobdignag parasite that grows like the mistletoe in the 
clefts of the large trees), to which they clung, as green and shining 
as the leaves themselves, and ever and anon popping their little 
heads over to peer at us ; while the red-breasted woodpecker kept 
drumming on every hollow part of the bark for all the world like 



old Kelson, the carpenter of the Torch, tapping along the top-sides 
for the dry rot. All around us the men were lounging about in the 
shade and sprawling on the grass in their foraging caps and light 
jackets, with an officer here and there lying reading, or sauntering . 
about, bearding Phcebus himself, to watch for a shot at a swallow 
as it skimmed past ; while goats and horses, sheep and cattle were 
browsing the fresh grass, or sheltering themselves from the heat 
beneath the trees. . . . 

" At length the forenoon wore away, and the bugles sounded 
for dinner, when we adjourned to the mess-room." 

Up-Park Pen, on which Up- Park Camp now stands, was 
conveyed to King by the trustees of Sir Alexander Grant in 
1784. In 1793 the Assembly deducted lodging allowance 
previously made to the army because of the new barracks 
at Up-Park. In 1819 the Assembly in response to a 
request for a water-supply resolved that it " does not feel 
justified in making an extraordinary grant for the troops 
at Up-Park, a post entirely under the control of the British 
Government." In the following year Wolmer's Pen 
adjoining was purchased by the Treasury as it had a well. 
In that year the officer commanding asked for six mules 
to carry water ; but the House was obdurate, " the barracks 
at Up-Park not being under the control of the House." 
For a similar reason Up-Park was not included in the 
official Hst of " Ports, Fortifications and Public Buildings " 
for many years. The history of the West India regiment, 
closely associated with Up-Park Camp, is extremely interest- 
ing. It dates back to the American War of Independence 
when a British expedition from New York captured the 
State of Georgia. As a result, black and white loyaKsts 
flocked to the British camp where they were formed into 
corps of which the South Carolina was one. This regiment 
took an active part in the war, and in 1 780 was converted 
into a cavalry regiment which at the close of the war was 
stationed in Jamaica under the command of Lord Charles 

The regiment at this period consisted of both black and 
white soldiers, and on the general disbandment of provincial 
corps in 1783, the white members were compensated with 
grants of land, and the black fornied into a foot regiment 


in combination with black mechanics, under the name of 
the " Black Carolina Corps." War broke out with France 
in 1793 and at that time various black corps were formed 
in the West Indies, all of which took an active part in the 
fierce fighting that took place during the succeeding years 
in those islands. With one of these corps, the Royal 
Rangers, the South CaroUna Regiment was amalgamated 
in 1795 under the title of " Whyte's Regiment of Foot." 
In the West Indies, however, these regiments were 
called the West India Regiments, " Whyte's Regiment 
of Foot " receiving the title of " The First West India 

This regiment, which is now the only British black 
regiment surviving, has a magnificent record. It took 
part in the Ashantee wars of 1864 and 1873-74 and was 
especially complimented by Sir Garnet Wolseley on its 
behaviour ; and in all punitive and other expeditions 
associated with African colonisation, its members have 
maintained its reputation for soldierly quaUties of the 
highest order. It is interesting to note that in 1815 the 
regiment was strengthened by the Bourbon regiment of 
French emigris which had been disbanded at the outbreak 
of the French Revolution. The present Zouave imiform 
of the corps was adopted in 1858 at the suggestion of Queen 

The first reference to a West India regiment in the 
Jamaica Almanacs is in 1802, when the second is recorded, 
and so continues to 1809 ; then till 1813 the fifth is recorded: 
in that and the following years the second and seventh 
were also at Up-Park. Then the second occurs down 
to 1842, being accompanied by the third in 1841 and 
1842. A new chapel erected to replace the one destroyed 
by the earthquake was consecrated in May 1912, and in 
1915 four windows were put in to replace those (lost with 
the old chapel) which had been erected to the memory of 
officers and men of the 2nd W.I.R. who fell in the Ashantee 
war of 1873-74. 

Plum-Tree Tavern, which stands on the junction road 
between Kingston and Annotto Bay, and seven miles 


distant from the former, is of interest as having been the 
scene of one of the last duels fought in Jamaica. 

The late Dr. Cargill, in his article entitled " A few Words 
about ' The Captain's Story ' " in " The Journal of the 
Institute of Jamaica " for July 1896, says : "A very 
amusing duel (almost the last fought in Jamaica) took 
place near ' Running Water ' [Constant Spring Estate], 
and was omitted from the ' Captain's Story ' by request 
of the parties concerned. As they are all dead and gone 
there is no reason why it should not now be related. My 
uncle, Dr. John Marston and a Captain Peel, R.N.j went 
to a party and were requested to sing. Captain Peel sang 
first, and then Dr. Marston was asked to sing the same 
song that Captain Peel sang, but got more applause. Peel 
conceived himself insulted and called out Marston. They 
fought at ' Plum Tree.' I have the pistols, Wagdon and 
Barton's hair- triggers. They fired and missed, but 
Marston' s shot hit a tree and glanced off on to the forehead 
of a Mr. Berry (a book-keeper) who had hidden in the bush 
to see the fight. Dr. Marston had to leave the battlefield 
to attend to Berry, who was supposed to be killed. In the 
meantime ' Mrs. Jasper ' (my mother) heard of the duel 
and came down to Plum Tree and prevented further 
hostility. Mr. Berry only died a few years ago. He had 
the mark of Dr. Marston's bullet in the space between the 
eyes. T have often seen the wound, which had broken the 
outer table of the bone there." 

Unfortunately old Plum-Tree Tavern was wrecked by 
the hurricane of 1903, and little more than the lower walls 
now remain to bear witness to old-time life in Jamaica. 

A fort on Bridge Pen (formerly Berthaville) and, at the 
foot of the Long Mountain, now a ruin, was probably erected 
as a protection against rebellious slaves marching on 

At Garden House, Gordon Town, Hinton East (receiver- 
general of the Island, 1779) gathered together a col- 
lection of rare and valuable plants which were pur- 
chased by the jlGovernment in 1792-3, as is mentioned 
in the Introduction. The house of Hope Tavern was 


destroyed by the earthquake of 1907 ; the foundations 
still stand above the Hope river just beyond Papine on 
the way towards Gordon Town. In the old days it was 
the place where travellers to the Port Royal Mountains 
and the Blue Mountains exchanged buggies for saddles. 
Cherry Garden was once the residence of George William 
Gordon, who will be found mentioned elsewhere. 

The estate at Hope, now a botanical garden, formerly 
belonged to the Duke of Buckingham. In "Notes in 
Defence of the Colonies," by a West Indian, 1826, we read : 

A decrease is not from premature mortality arising from slavery, 
for slaves live to great ages in Jamaica : eighty and one hmidred years 
old are as common on estates as in any country of the same latitude, 
or more so ; and I saw a few years ago a negro from the Hope 
Estate in St. Andrew's, belonging to the Marquis of Buckingham, 
one hundred and forty -five years old. He had walked seven miles 
that morning, and his faculties were perfect, except his sight. 
Admiral Douglas had a painting taken of him, by Field * of the Royal 
Academy, who was out here, which I saw. 

The Jamaica College at Hope, which was estabHshed 
under law 34 of 1879 as the Jamaica High School, became 
the inheritor of the Walton foundation in St. Ann of the 
year 1802, which may therefore be taken as the date of its 
foundation. A college, called University College, was 
opened in connection with the school in 1890, but by law 26 
of 1902 the coUege and school were amalgamated. During 
its existence thirty students passed through the college, and 
foiu- students took the London B.A. degree, and one the 
M.A., without leaving the island. Amongstits alumni are 
several well-known teachers now working in Jamaica. 

At Matilda Corner, near Hope, is a Drinking Trough, 
erected in 1914 by his widow to the memory of Sir Charles 
Frederick Lumb, puisne judge of the colony from 1892 to 
1909, showed a keen interest in the welfare of animals. 

The Mico College was erected in 1896 on land in St. 
Andrew to the north of the racecoiu'se. This building was 
wrecked by the earthquake, rebuilt in 1909, and again 

* There was never a member of the Royal Academy of this name. 
The painter referred to was probably R. Field of Halifax, Nova Scotia, 
who exhibited a portrait in 1810. 


destroyed by fire in 1910 : it was rebuilt as it now stands 
in 1911. The origin of the charity is of some historic 

Jane Robinson, widow of Sir Samuel Mico, an alderman 
of the city of London, of the family of Micault of the Isle 
de France, amongst numerous other bequests in her wiU, 
dated July 1, 1670, made the following : 

" And whereas I haveing a great kindness for Samuel Mico, my 
deere husbande kinsman son of John Mico of Croscombe in the 
county of Somersett and well knoweing that my deere husband 
with myself had thought of marrying him to one of my neeces and 
when and as sune as he shall marrey such neoe of mine viz : 
one of the daughters of my brother-in-law Andrew Barker or my 
brother William Bobinson aforemencioned then and not before or 
otherwise, I give and bequeath to him two thousand pounds lawful 
money of England, and on the forementioned condition I give and 
bequeath to him a farm called the Littell Parke which I bought or 
purchashed in the names of my brother Andrew Barker and toy 
brother William Robinson of the Bight Honourable the Marquis 
of Worcester in the ma,mier {sic) of Crookham scituate lyeing 
and being in the severall parishes of Chatcham in the countey of 
Barke and Kingscleare in the countey of Southampton now in tlio 
tenor or occupation of Thomas Browne and when the aforesaiil 
Samuel Mico shall have given a full discharge according to law 
when he comes to one and twe&ty years of age to the executors of 
my deere husband for- his ,eslate in thare hands then I give him 
one thousand pounds of lawful money of England and if hee doe not 
to thare satisfaction I then give it to redeeme poor slaves in what 
manner my Executors shall think most convenient and I give to 
Samuel Mico aforesaid my deere husband's picter set with diamonds 
and I give him my crimson damaske bedd with all that belongs to 
that sute and my great Lucking Glace and my marbell tabell when 
he comes to the age of one and twenty yeares he dying before that 
age I give them to my two Executors. 

" But if the above Samuel Mico do not marry one of my neoes 
aforesaid my will is if he be a civel man and doe marrey into a good 
family and has a porchone with her answereable to his estate and 
has a Sonne that lives to the age of a man I then give him the Littell 
Parke in the manner of Crookham in the parish Chactham in the 
County of Barkes and Kingscleare in the county of Southampton. 
But if he have no sonne I give it to his brother Bichard Mico sonne 
if hee have any if he have no sonne then to my two executors I 
give it." 

After further bequests she turns to her nephew. 

"And furthermore I doe hereby declare that whereas I gave 


Samuel Mico aforesaid two thousand pounds when he had married 
one of my neeces he not performing it I give one of the saide thousand 
pounds to redeem poore slaves which I would have put out as my 
Executors thinks the best for a yeerely revenue to redeem some 
yeerely, and if the aforesaide Samuel Mico marry one of my neeces 
I then give him my best Pearl Necklace and all my plate that I doe 
not give away by this my will." 

Samuel Mico was by the terms of his aunt's will given 
the option of marrying any one of the six nieces of Lady 
Mico — Jane, Mary and Ehzabeth Robinson, and Jane, 
Maiy and Ehzabeth Barker ; the Jane in each- case being 
apparently the most desirable bride from a monetary 
point of view as being god-daughter of his rich aunt : and 
of these Jane Barker was the favourite, unless Lady Mico 
in her bequest took into account the respective wealth 
of the two families, for there is evidence in Lady Mico's 
vsdU that Jane Barker's father was not opulent. Apparently 
not one of the six pleased him ; nor could he be induced 
to change his mind by the promise of his aunt's best pearl 
necklace and the unbequeathed portion of her plate. Thus 
the £1000 went to the redemption of " poore slaves," 
i.e. Christians held in captivity by the Moors of Algiers, 
in aid of whose release benevolent persons were at that 
time wont to make bequests. 

In the seventeenth century pirates, mostly from Algiers, 
swarmed along the coasts of the Mediterranean sea, and 
numberless captives were taken as slaves and detained 
as such in Algiers and Barbary. 

During the latter part of the eighteenth and the earher 
part of the nineteenth century both France and England 
had done much to put a stop to piracy in the Mediterranean, 
and when in 1816 Algiers was taken by PeUew and the 
slaves, some three thousand in number, mostly Spanish 
and Itahan, were liberated, there no longer existed an 
outlet for the special benevolence on their behalf of Lady 
Mico and other philanthropists. 

In the year 1827 the Court of Chancery referred the 
matter of the Mico bequest for the redemption of poor 
slaves to Lord Henley, Master in Chancery, to devise a 


scheme for the appUcation of the money according to the 
■will of the foundress ; and if the Master should find that 
the same could not be executed according to her will, 
then " as near its intent as possible," regard being had to 
existing circumstances. 

In the meantime Lady Mico's £1000 had increased — 
partly by the re-investment of the unused income, partly 
by the reahsation of a material profit on an investment 
in London property — to upwards of £120,000, giving a yearly 
income of £3625, and nobody knew what to do with it ; 
but a matter very " near its intent " was already before 
the pubHc. 

While the name of William Wilberforce in England will 
ever be honoured as the prime mover in the abolition of 
the curse of the Slave Trade, the completion of his life's 
work by the abohtion of slavery in the British colonies 
proved too heavy for his age-enfeebled shoulders. This 
great undertaking he consigned in 1821 to the care of an 
earnest colleague, Thomas Fowell Buxton ; and it was 
under this younger champion's leadership of the forces of 
Emancipation and through his indefatigable efforts that 
the inevitable day was hastened, when, in Jamaica, the 
flag of Great Britain floated — as in every portion of the 
far-extended British dominions — over none but freemen. 

The Emancipation Act came into force on August 1, 
1834, and on July 29 of the following year the Master of 
the B.olls made an order confirming the scheme prepared 
by Buxton and Stephen Lushington, by which the Lady 
Mico Charity was founded, for giving Christian education 
to the coloured population of the British colonies. It 
was eminently fitting that to Buxton and Lushington, 
with others of kindred spirit, should be trusted the ad- 
ministration of the fund to confer the blessings of education 
upon the freed people of the British West Indies. 

The institution in Jamaica, where the trustees have 
finally concentrated their efforts, was at first locally looked 
after by a board of visitors. This in 1882 was replaced 
by a board of directors. Each yejar some twenty -foiir 
students leave its walls to take up the work of education. 


The burial-grounds of interest are the Newcastle 
Burial Ground, containing military monuments, inter alia 
a monument to officers and men of the 36th Eegiment who 
died there and at Stony Hill of yellow fever in 1856 ; and 
the rare instance of musical notation on a tomb. The 
oldest tomb is dated 1844. The Jewish Burial-Ground at 
Hiint's Bay, the wall of which was destroyed by the earth- 
quake of 1907, has its oldest tomb 1678 ; at the Up-Park 
Camp new burial-ground the oldest tomb is dated 1836 ; 
and at the disused graveyard the oldest one is dated 1819, 
a year during which yellow fever proved very fatal to the 
troops. The principal monument in May Pen Cemettry, 
the general burial-ground for Kingston, is the simple 
obehsk erected in 1909 to the Unknown Dead who perished 
in Kingston in the earthquake of January 14, 1907. 

The Kitchen-middens worthy of note are Norbrook, near 
Constant Spring ; Belle Vue, in the Red Hills ; Hope, near 
the old tavern ; and Long Mountain (on the top and on 
northern slope) : Dallas Castle Cave and Bloxburgh 
Cave have Arawak remains. The latter was discovered 
in 1895, and gave an impetus to archaeological research. 

SUver Hill, near Newcastle, contains the Jamaica Spa, 
a mineral spring of great value ; it was once in great 
request, but is now not used. The Cane River Falls 
are famed for their beauty. They were the haunt of 
" Three-fingered Jack," who was captured in 1781, and 
later formed the hero of a transpontine melodrama ; various 
editions of the play having been issued. 

Hagley Gap is named after Hagley in Worcestershire, 
the home of William Henry Lyttelton, governor in 1762-66. 
It is interesting to note that Mr. Jekyll in his " Jamaican 
Song and Story " informs us that he was told locally that 
it was so called because it was " a hugly place " ! 

Catherine's Peak (often miscalled St. Catherine's Peak), 
near Newcastle, was named after Catherine Long (sister 
of the historian, and wife of Henry Moore, lieutenant- 
governor) who in 1760 was the first lady to ascend that 

Gordon Town was formerly the property of a family 


of that name; but was not, as some suppose, connected 
with George William Gordon, of Morant Bay fame. 

Dallas Castle (which still survives as a district in St. 
Andrew) was owned by a scion of the family of Dallas, 
in the state of Alabama, whose descendants played their 
part in Jamaica history. 

Manning's Hill in St. Andrew HUls, and Salt Hill, 
Morce's Gap, and Hardwar Gap (usually miscalled Hard- 
ware Gap), in the Blue Mountains, recall the names of 
former owners. Edward Manning, a wealthy merchant, 
who represented Kingston in the Assembly for many 
years. John Morce was at one time sergeant-at-arms 
of the Assembly and also deputy postmaster. John 
Hardwar was auditor-general in 1782. 

The Scarletts were amongst the earliest settlers in Jamaica. 
On April 24, 1673-74, Colonel Samuel Barry and Captain 
George Nedham took to the Council from the Assembly, 
with four other bills, a bill for compensating the loss of 
" Mr. Nicholas Scarlett, received by the pursuit of the 
rebelhous negroes at Legonea." This was read three 
times and sent to the Assembly with these amendments : 
'' In the sixth line after ' be it enacted by the Governor 
and Council ' add ' and the representatives of the Commons 
of this Island now assembled and by the authority thereof, 
that the said Nicholas,' &c. . . ." On May 17 it 
passed the House. A similar bill was No. 14 on the list 
of forty bills brought out by the Earl of CarHsle. It 
was voted " not to pass " on October 11, 1678, the Com- 
mittee's reasons against it being : " Because Mr. Scarlett 
hath been in England since, and when the former Act was 
first made it was intended to continue only during the 
residence here, and, that if notwithstanding any further 
consideration ought to be had it were better that the 
entire sum were given, rather than to enlarge anything 
upon the revenue." What relation Nicholas Scarlett was 
to Francis Scarlett is not evident. He is not mentioned 
in the latter's will. 

Captain Francis Scarlett, the son of Benjamin Scarlett, 
of Eastbourne in Sussex, came out with Penn and Venables, 


but as his name is not mentioned in the " perfect list of all 
the forces under the command of His Excellency General 
Venables, taken at muster, March 21, 1654," he presumably 
must then have held rank below that of captain. He 
patented lands on the Wag Water in the 28th year of 
Charles II, and bought neighbouring land in the vicinity 
of the present Temple Hall Estate. In the " Survey of 
the Island of Jamaica " sent home by Modyford in 1670 
he is put down as owning 1000 acres in St. Andrew, in 
which parish there were then 194 families, and people, 
"by estimation" 1552. Only five men — Archbould, Hope, 
Howell, Parker (his neighbour), and Tothill were larger 
landowners in the parish than Scarlett at that time. He 
was recorded as Captain Francis Scarlett, member of the 
Assembly for St. Andrew in 1680-81 ; his co-member was 
Colonel Samuel Barry. He returned to England, and died 
unmarried in Eastbourne. He left his estate to his nephew 
WiUiam Scarlett, of the Middle Temple. A William 
Scarlett, of Port Royal, merchant, named as one of the 
Commissioners to take the evidence of certain witnesses 
in the Chancery suit of Ehzabeth Smart versus John Parnaby 
in 1685, may be identical with him. It is interesting to 
note that one of his executors to whom he left legacies 
was Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu of London, Agent for 
Jamaica in England. 

The first William Scarlett was succeeded by his only 
son William. This William (the second) was married in 
1705 in the parish church of St. Andrew to Judith, daughter 
and co-heiress of Gideon. Lecount of St. Jago de la Vega. 
She must have been very young, for she was not of age three 
years later. He and his wife sold the Wag Water estate, 
some of it to Sir Nicholas Lawes, the rest to James Herbert 
of St. Andrew, planter, and from that time onwards the 
fortunes of the Scarletts were connected with the western 
parishes of the Island. 


The parish of St. Thomas (or as it was forme«rly called 
St. Thomas-in-the-East to distinguish it from St. Thomas- 
in- the- Vale), which now embraces the former parish of 
St. David, is one of the oldest parishes in the island. 
Roby points out that, although St. Thomas was so called 
before the arrival of Sir Thomas Modyford, Doyley's 
immediate successor in the Government was Thomas 
Hickman, Lord Windsor, after whom it may have been 
called. But many of the parishes in the sister colonies 
were named after saints, and we need probably seek 
no further than the desire to estabhsh church districts 
in the newly acquired lands for the origin of the names 
of several of Jamaica's parishes. It was settled by the 
Spaniards and was thus described by General Venables, 
of the army of occupation, in 1655 : " Morante is a large 
and beautiful hato, being four leagues in length, consisting 
of many small savannahs, and has wild cattle and hogs 
in very great plenty, and ends at the mine, which is at the 
cape or point of Morante itself, by which towards the 
north is the port of Antonio." 

There was a settlenient at Yallahs (called Yealoth), 
when Sir Thomas Modyford surveyed the island in 1663. 
In 1664 Sir Charles Lyttelton recorded that " the regiment 
of Port Morant, Morant and Yallahs, commanded by 
Colonel Lynch, is the richest settlement." 

In 1671 Sir Thomas Modyford wrote home, in answer 
to questions as to church matters, that " Mr. Pickering 
of St. Thomas and St. Davids at Port Morant and Yallahs, 
is lately dead and they have none to supply his place." 



There is no reference to a church, but rather a suggestion 
that there was none ; "but they meet at each others 
houses as the primitive Christians do." 

There is, however, a church shown at Yallahs in " A new 
and exact map of Jamaica . . . dedicated to Sir Thomas 
Lynch " in " The Laws of Jamaica " of 1684. Therefore 
the date of the foundation of Yallahs Church was between 
1671 and 1684. 

The chaUce and patten belonging to this church are 
amongst the oldest in the island. They are at present 
deposited in the offices of the Church of England in Jamaica 
in Kingston. The chalice, 6 inches high, is inscribed : 

John Hammond \ „ 
William Donaldson j *^'^*" 
of St. David 

The patten, OJ inches in diameter, is inscribed : 

St. Davids 

Thomas Eijues 

James Lobley 



After Cromwell had acquired Jamaica through the 
blundering of Penn and Venables at Hispaniola, he set 
about finding colonists for his new plantation, and conceived 
the idea of inducing settlers in the Leeward Islands to go 
thither. Amongst those who acted in the matter was old 
Luke Stokes, governor of Nevis. 

On March 12, 1655-6, he wrote from Nevis to Sedgwick 
in Jamaica : 

Major Sbdgwicke, 

Sir, his highnes undeserved and unexpected favours he hath 
bin pleased to throw some of them uppon my self wherein hee 
hath in some particulars declared his highnes designe concerning 
Jamaica and made mee an instrument to declaire it to the people 
of this coUoni ; so likewise I have deolaired it to my adjacent 
nighbburs, and caused his proclamations to bee published ; and I 
find in this island the greatest part of the inhabitants, with their 
wives, children and servants, are -willing and ready to accept his 
highnes termes, laid downe in his highnes proclamation. 


There is onely wanting transporation for them and theires. 
What provission his highnes intends to make when his fleete comes 
(which wee are informed wee may daily expect) I know not ; but 
in case there bee not, if by you and the others, that are intrusted 
in those great affaires of his highness, to send them shipping for 
theire transportation, and such provissions as they intend to carry 
with them may effect it, the which I leave to your grave considera- 

Sir, the number of men in a moneth's time, which is of this 
place, may arrise neere to one thousand, besides women children 
and slaves. Sir, other islands are forward, if they may but have 
a convenient transport, and some man impowered to treat with 
the govemours about them, conceminge some small debts, or other 
small engagements, which paradventure may bee some cause of 
stoppidge to them therein, which to further his highnes designe 
may be composed with his power. 

Sir, bee pleased to give mee leave, to publish to yourself, I am 
in my hart his highnes faithful servant, yours and all his. Sir, 
I pray God direct you in all your highnes designes and bee your 
wisdome and directions, and all God's people in theire lawfull 
imployes. Sir 

Your servant, 

L. Stokes, 

Sedgwick probably only received this letter a few weeks 
before his death, which occurred on May 24, 1656. 

Vice-Admiral Goodson wrote home to the Admiralty 
Commissioners from on board the Torrington at Jamaica 
on June 24 : 

Upon notice given from Governor Stokes of himself and the 
people of Nevis their intention to transplant themselves hither, 
dispatched three ships for their transport, and 4th June a vessel 
arrived from the Governor with three gentlemen to treat with 
us concerning shipping and to view the country. Afterwards 
fitted out a small vessel to carry back our resolutions of sending 
ships for about 1000 people besides women, children and servants. 

On September 23 he wrote that he had been informed 
by Wm. Simons, master of the Peter of Bristol, which had 
put in at Barbados, that : 

Three ships had sometime since arrived at Nevis, that the Governor . 
there had not only used all means possible to induce the people of 
Nevis to transplant themselves to [Jamaica] but had gone to St 
Christopher's to draw what people he can from thence. 


Stokes, with his 1600 settlers, arrived in Jamaica during 
the administration of Goodsonn and Doyley, and just about 
the same time as the arrival of Brayne on December 14 
with his 1000 troops. The site selected for Stokes was in 
the Spanish Hato de Morante, near Port Morant, whither 
some of the soldiers had already been sent with the object 
of colonization ; and doubtless he set to work to establish 
his settlement with all the ardour that he had displayed 
in getting his followers together ; but the sad fate of his 
venture is recorded by Long, the historian. Brayne had 
petitioned the Protector that he might be recalled at the 
end of one year's service. Long tells us that : 

Several disheartening circumstances occurred besides what 
have already been noticed, and contributed to make him dis- 
gusted with the command. He had conceived great hopes from 
the indiistry of the Nevis planters settled at Morante ; and imagined, 
that the example of their success would not only prove an incen- 
tive to the drones of the army, but induce many persons to remove 
from the other islands and dissipate their ill-grounded fears. 
But, about the latter end of February, Governor Stokes and his 
wife died, leaving three sons, the eldest of whom was not more 
than fifteen years old. The Governor was advanced in age when 
he left Nevis ; and had been at so much expense in the removal, 
that his fortune was greatly impaired by it. In his last moments 
he earnestly recommended his family to Brayne and the Protector, 
who afterwards bestowed a commission in the army on his eldest son. 
Either this gentleman, or one of his brothers, formed a very good 
plantation, which still continues with their descendants. Near 
two-thirds of these unfortunate planters at Morante were buried 
before the month of March ; the rest were reduced to a sickly con- 
dition and the danger of starving, for want of strength either to 
gather in their crops of provisions already come to maturity, or to 
plant anew. 

But a little further on Long tells us that " in the mean- 
time the remnant of the settlers at Morante, having 
recovered their healths, and got in their harvest, were 
exempted from the calamities which oppressed the other 
inhabitants, and proceeded in their labours with great 
ardour and success." And still further on he says that 
" In 1671 notwithstanding the mortality which had swept 
off many of the first planters, there were upwards of sixty 
settlements in this neighbourhood ; many of which formed 


a line along the coast Eastward from the harbour, where 
are only two or three at present." 

In Modyford's " Survey of the Island of Jamaica " sent 
home on September 23, 1670, we find recorded : 

St. Thomas Parish . 

. John Stokes . 

25 acres. 

St. David's Parish 

. Jacob Stokes . 
Jacob Stokes 

. 640 acres. 


1- 1 acre. 



Of Luke Stokes research has failed to reveal any par- 
ticulars, either as to place of origin, family or personal 
accomplishments. He would seem to have been a simple- 
minded man, who did his best for his country. 

One wonders what relation, if any, he was to Admiral 
John Stokes, " Commander-in-Chief of the EngHsh Forces 
upon the coast of Africa," against whose actions the States- 
General of Holland, on behalf of the Dutch West India 
Company, protested in 1663. This was apparently the 
same Admiral Stokes who commanded the Marmaduhe 
which brought Modyford from Barbados to Jamaica in 1664. 

Jacob Stokes, who was member for St. David in 1672, 
and his namesake who sat for St. Thomas in 1721, were 
apparently the only members of the family to sit in the 
House of Assembly, although their name appears in the 
Island records till the beginning of the nineteenth century. 

In November 1732 a petition, dated April of that year, 
by one John Evans, overseer of Dousabel plantation, 
complained to the Assembly that he had been opprobriously 
used by Colonel Jacob Stoakes and his son Jacob Stoakes, 
with several of their negroes, in passing through said 
Colonel Stoakes his plantation to the sea-side or barquadier 
in which complaint it appears that Evans apphed in vain 
to the custos, the chief justice, the magistrates of the 
parish, and the attorney general, being sent from one 
to the other — for a warrant for Colonel Stoakes' arrest. 
It was resolved that the report do lie on the table. 

Stokes Hall and Stokesfield are now all that remain 
to testify to gallant old Luke Stokes's attempt to assist 
the struggling colony of Jamaica. 


Stokes Hall is possibly the oldest house in good pre- 
servation in the island. It was probably built soon after 
it was found that Stokesfield was unhealthy by reason 
of the swamps near Port Morant. It is a very substantially 
built building. It apparently consisted at first of a single- 
storey building measuring 48 ft. 6 ins. by 30 ft., with four 
two-storied towers at the corners each measuring 13 ft. 
by 19 ft., the towers overlapping the main building by the 
width of the doorway, The walls are of solid stone work 
2 ft. 6 ins. thick. The lower storeys of the towers are 13 ft. 


bigh and the upper about 15 ft. Both towers and main 
building are loopholed, each tower having eight loop- 
holes, two at each corner. The building stands at an 
altitude of about 290 feet, on a range of hills between 
Plantain Garden valley and the sea, and commands a 
fine view of Holland bay about five miles away. The 
upper storey of the main building and the front and back 
verandahs are evidently additions of a later date. 

Though not of course the selfsame house that sheltered 
poor Luke Stokes, it carries us back to the days when 
dwellers far from the capital of St. Jago de la Vega had to 
depend in great measure on their own resources for pro- 
tection from the incursions of foreign foes, bloodthirsty 
pirates or rebellious slaves. ' \ 


Stokesfield, whieh was possibly the earliest home of 
Luke Stokes, stand at an elevation of about 300 ft., about 
three miles to the north of Port Morant harbour, of which 
it commands a fine view. Much damaged by the hurricane 
of 1903 and again by the earthquake of 1907, it was 
originally a substantially built loop-holed two- storey 
building, but inferior in solidity to Stokes Hall. It has 
evidently been altered from time to time ; in the early 
part of the nineteenth century, and again in the seventies, 
when the present owner took possession.. The building 
was in the shape of a cross, the transept made by two 
porches 18 ft. square, the main body measuring 74 ft. by 
46 ft. with five bedrooms upstairs, to which access was 
gained by a winding stair. On the front wall has been 
placeH a tablet with the inscription " T. S. H., 17-75," it is 
supposed for Thomas Stokes Harris (said to have been the 
grandson of Colonel Stokes), whose grave is stiU to be seen 
on the estate. Till some years ago an English weeping 
willow planted by it was still alive. Thomas Stokes 
Harris is recorded as one of the magistrates of St. -Thomas 
in-the-East and St." David in the " Jamaica Almanac " for 
1776 : but as he continues as Thomas S. Harris till 1791, 
he must have been of a later generation than the man who 
died in 1775. Prom 1782 to 1805 a Thomas Harris was 
coroner and clerk of the peace and vestry for the parish. 
The latter Thomas Stokes Harris's will dated 1790 was 
proved in 1792. 

In the " In-giving " for 1810, and for another thirty 
years or more, in the " Jamaica Almanac," Stoakes Hall was 
owned by the trustees of Alexander Donaldson. In 1810, 
it had 263 slaves and 169 head of stock. Stoakesfield was 
then owned by Peter Wallace, and had sixty-four slaves 
and seven head of stock, but the latter is absent from 
later ingivings. 

In 1746 Jacob Stoakes and Mary his wife mortgaged 
Stoakes Hall to Daniel McQueen to secure £3209 (currency). 
It was described as containing 1057 acres part of 1330 
acres patented by Charles Whitefield. Jacob Stoakes died 
in 1749. McQueen took possession after Stoakes's death 



and continued in possession till July 8, 1758, when he died ; 
and his executors continued to run the estate until Ann 
Stoakes, the only surviving child, who in 1760 had married 
Richaxd CargiU of St. Thomas, took proceedings in 
Chancery which resulted in their favour and also showing 
a balance in their favour of £639 18s. id. which was directed 
to be paid them by the executors of McQueen, who were 
also ordered to reconvey Stoakes Hall to Richard CargiU 
and Ann his wife free from the mortgage. 

The following items of account taken from the old 
Chancery records may prove of interest. 

Stoakes Hall a/cs. 

Profit shown in a/c for year 



s. d. 


1 8 


14 6| 




3 8 

. 1441 

11 8| 



. 1317 



5 9i 

Certain Items eeom a/o. 
Nov. 24th. To paid Ann Downes for 2 qrs. Board of Mrs. 
Mary Stoakes D of Captain Stoakes deed 


May 7th. 

Oct. 11th. 

To cash paid the soldiers at Rook Fort for 
taking up Rob* Can a white serv' belongs to 
this estate 

Box knives and forks sent p for the 

use of the overseer of this plantation 


6«. U. 
Za. %d. 

A/cs re Stoakes Hall Plantation with the Estate of Daniel 
McQueen deceased 


Sept. 13th. 

To Sundrys sent for the Funeral of Jacob 

Stoakes viz. 

From Rob* Wilson one compleat set of 

coffin Furniture and one thousand of brass 


£5 10 


Prom Eliz. Able 12 pr. white gloves 37s. 6d., 

2 pr. black Shammy do. 375. 6i. — 15s., 

2 crape hat bands @ 12s. 6d. — ^25s., 2 oz. 

mace 7s. 6d., 2 doz. cloves 5s. 4 10 

10 Black silk scarves @ 27s. 6d. £13 15s., 

8 Black hat bands @ 12s. 6d. ea. £5, a box 

&o. topackthemin2s. 6rf. 18 17 6 

£28 17 6 
Sept. 30th. To sundries sent to Mrs. Stoakes viz. 

2 pr. white and black oallicoe £4 15s., 1 pr. 

silk shoes 10s. 5 5 

A black Fan 5s., 2 skains black silk Is. 3d. 

3 yds. narrow ribband Is. lO^i. 8 1| 

1 pr. Buckles 2s. 6d., 1 pr. Buttons Is. 3d., 

2 laces @ Is. 3d.— 2s. 6d. 6 3 

4 yds. Broad Ribband for Knotts @ Is. 3d. 

per yard 5 

1 pr. woven blk. callimanco shoes 12s. 6d., 

2 prs. girls blk. leather shoes lis. 3d. 13 9 
Paid to Mingo for grass for the horses 3 9 

Nov. 7th. To cash paid Parson Bonnervalle for his 

attendance at Mr. Stoakes's Funeral. 4 15 

May 29th. Taxes for 1748. 15 10 71 

Morant Bay, the chief town and shipping port, is 
noted as being the principal scene of the disturbances of 
1865. Nearly all the pubhc buildings were then burnt 
down. No disturbance in the West Indies since the days of 
Emancipation has caused half so much excitement or given 
rise to half so much acrimonious correspondence, pubhca- 
tion and litigation as that which occurred ia Jamaica in 
1865, and is usually known as the " Morant Bay RebeUion." 
Apart from the official inquiry, which is of course judicial 
in tone, the publications range over the whole subject of 
negrophobia or negrophilia — of abuse of Governor Eyre 
and of his defence. 

In 1862 Edward John Eyre was appointed acting governor 
of Jamaica, and when in 1864 he became full governor, 
the post was no bed of roses. The island was not pros- 
perous, the American war had raised the price of American 
breadstuffs, and the governor was at variance with the 
House of Assembly, in which the negro population was 


then represented. Agitation ended in riot at Morant Bay- 
on October 11, 1865. Undoubtedly the riot, or rebellion, 
was a very serious one in its actual results, and still more 
in its possible consequences, and but for its prompt and 
energetic repression it might have spread into a general 
negro insurrection in an island where the negroes out- 
numbered the whites by at least fifty to one. Martial law 
was proclaimed on October 13 throughout the county of 
Surrey, except Kingston, and tranquilhty was restored. 
Then followed courts-martial and punishments ; and George 
WilHam Gordon, a ringleader, was taken from Kingston, 
where martial law did not exist, to Morant Bay, where it 
did, tried by an ill-constituted court-martial, and executed 
in haste and on evidence whoUy insufficient. 

On the day of the outbreak at Morant Bay, October 11, 
1865, twenty-two civUians, including the custos (the chief 
magistrate), and volunteers were killed and thirty-four 
wounded ; under martial law 439 were put to death (354 
by sentence of courts-martial — the rest shot by soldiers, 
sailors or maroons who were employed by the Government). 
In addition there were 147 put to death after martial law 
ceased. One thousand " houses," some of them very flimsy 
in character, were destroyed. 

These Jamaica disturbances engaged public attention 
in England for nearly three years, and caused an excitement 
quite unprecedented. The Parliamentary papers relating 
to the case are voluminous, consisting as they do of eight 
separate pubhcations and covering in the aggregate no 
less than 2336 pages. The first series of papers begins 
with the celebrated letter of Dr. Underbill to Mr. Cardwell, 
drawing attention to the state of affairs in Jamaica, and 
the subsequent despatches have reference to it or the 
question which it raised. 

The Commissioners appointed to enquire into the origin, 
nature, and circumstances of the disturbances and the 
means adopted for their suppression, and the conduct of 
those concerned in the disturbances and suppression, after 
taking a large amount of evidence reported that the 
disturbances had their immediate origin in a planned 


resistance to lawful authority, which resistance was caused 
in manifold ways — by a desire to obtain land free of rent, 
a lack of confidence on the part of the labotiring class in 
the tribunals before which most of their disputes were 
adjudicated, and in some cases hostility towards poHtical 
and personal opponents, and a desire to attain their ends 
by the death or expulsion of the white inhabitants of the 
island. They further reported that, though the original 
design was confined to a small portion of St.-Thomas-in- 
the-East, the disorder rapidly spread over an extensive 
tract of country, and that praise was due to Eyre for his 
skill, promptitude and vigour, which in a great degree 
caused its speedy termination. The military and naval 
operations appeared to them prompt and judicious, but 
they thought that martial law was continued longer 
than necessary and that the punishments inflicted were 

The reply of the Secretary of State to Sir Henry Storks 
stated that Her Majesty's Government generally concurred 
in the conclusions arrived at by the commission. So far 
as Eyre was concerned, it gave him , full credit for his 
promptness in queUing the outbreak, but held him res- 
ponsible for the continuance of excessive severity, and for 
the method of Gordon's trial and execution. Eyre was 
recalled and was most bitterly attacked by a large section 
of the English people headed by John Stuart Mill, and 
defended by another led by Carlyle, whose original draft 
manuscript defence of Eyre is in the West India library 
of the Institute of Jamaica. Eyre successfully underwent 
more than one legal prosecution. He retired on a pension 
into private life, and never sought, even in the face of the 
greatest hostihty, to justify his actions to the world. He 
died at Tavistock on November 30, 1901, aged eighty-six. 
" He did many good and brave things, and atoned for the 
one error of his life by a silence so dignified and so pro- 

Behind the court house is Mount Bay Port, dating 
from the seventeenth century. 

The present church of Mioj^ant Bay was built in 1881, 


on the site of the church destroyed by the cyclone of- 
August 19, 1880, and the church so destroyed was built to 
take the place of the old church near the almshouse, which 
is now in ruins. There are tombs in the ruined church to 
Jane EUis (d. 1763) ; Marmaduke Freeman (d. 1709) ; and 
to Mary, wife of Sir Henry Lyttelton, governor (d. 1808). 

The village of Bath contains a thermal spring of great 
value. An historical account of the Bath was contributed 
by Dr. G. J. Neish to the " Journal of the Institute of 
Jamaica" in 1895, and from' it much of the following 
account is taken. 

Tradition says that a runaway slave hiding in the gorge 
came upon a spring in which he bathed. Finding the 
temperature greatly to his liking, he returned constantly 
to the pool, and after the lapse of some days was astonished 
and delighted at the evidence of healing in a long-standing 
ulcer on one of his legs. With his ulcer healed he braved 
the wtath of his master to communicate the discovery 
of the pool. Colonel Stanton, the owner of the land, sold 
his right in the spring " to the public in the year 1699 for 
a valuable consideration." 

By the law passed in 1699 the land was vested in " The 
Directors of the Bath of St. Thomas the Apostle." They 
consisted of the governor (Sir William Beeston), the chief 
justice (Nicholas Lawes), Peter Beckford, and Peter Hey- 
wood, and seven other members of the privy council, and 
five justices of the peace of St. Thomas and St. David. 
They were a body corporate and had power to erect a 
market, and to grant licences and to sell and retail strong 

In 1731 an Act was passed for rendering the Bath more 
serviceable. From the preamble it appears that there 
were no house or proper conveniences for the accommoda- 
tion of sick persons. £500 was voted for a house. The 
leases of lands were cancelled, but land was to be granted 
to soldiers and others who would settle, and who would 
be exempt from taxes for seven years. 

A road was made, buildings were erected, and the pubhc 
began to make use of the bath. Shortly afterwards lost 


were laid out and assigned, a town sprang up. Slaves 
were purchased to look after the roads and the vegetable 
gardens which had been planted for provisioning the 
hospital, which was built on the town square. The' 
foundation was in more modern days- utilized for sup- 
porting the present court house, and the old baths are 
still to be seen on the ground floor. The bath house at 
the spring was first built on the brink of the river, opposite 
the point of issue of the water which was conducted across 
the stream by a wooden gutter. 

Changes in the river bank afterwards made it possible- 
to build the house on the same side as the hot spring and so 
near that the water , retained its heat. The baths grew 
fashionable and the town of Bath rapidly became a society 
resort. People of wealth built houses and brought their 
amusements with them. Gaiety prevailed and music, 
dancing and card-playing were indulged in ; but fashion- 
ables wearied; quarrelled and sought for pastures new. 
In 1774, Long complained of the desertion of Bath ; the 
decline went steadily on, and it never regained its popu-- 

There is a stone table affixed to the portico of the court 
hoiise, bearing this inscription : 

, -This public building was erected under the inspection of the" 
Hon. Charles Pjioe, Peter Valette and William Forbes, Esqrs., 
appointed commissioners for carrjdng on the same, the foundation 
of which was begun on the 10th day of March, 1747. 

This tablet originally belonged to the old bath house 
and was many years ago picked out of the river bed, and 
after lying in a yard in the town for some time was rescued 
by the authorities and placed on the front of the court 

After 1789, the old Botanic Garden in Bath was 
placed under the corporation. Dr. Thomas Dancer, best 
known as the author of " The Medical Assistant or Jamaica 
Practice of Physic " (1801), and as chief of the hospital 
staff on the expedition to San Juan de Nicaragua from 
Jamaica in 1779, when Nelson nearly -lost his life from 


malarial fever, was for many years from 1781 to 1792 physi- 
cian to the bath, and Island botanist from 1797. While 
acting in the former capacity, he brought out in 1784 
" A Short Dissertation on the Jamaica Bath Waters, to 
which is prefixed an introduction concerning mineral 
waters in general. . . ." 

Of the rainfall he says, " above forty perpendicular inches 
have fiallen in about the space of six or eight hours, which 
is nearly double the quantity that on a medium, falls 
in Great Britain through a whole year." The work also 
contained a list of the rarer plants cultivated in the garden, 
of which he published a full list in 1792. Some of the 
plants he owed to the interest of Sir Joseph Banks, with 
whom he corresponded. 

Near the Johnson River to the west of Morant Bay is 
Belvedere estate, 2200 acres in extent, the original home 
of Colonel Thomas Freeman, the first speaker of the House 
of Assembly; 

There- are remains of a fine aqueduct, a water-wheel, 
still used for piimpihg water, parts of very extensive works, 
and higher uj^ the hill the great house and the overseer's 
house. Now, bananas and coco-nuts usurp the place of 
cane. Not far from the great house, in a logwood planta- 
tion,, is a tomb on the front of which is a massive slate slab 
■yfith the following inscription : 

Here lyeth Airne Freeman who was Wife to yo Hon. / Colonel 
Thomas -Preeiman of Bellvedere Daughter to Richard Bellthrapp 
Esq. & Grandaughter to St. John Colt / Shee left five sonns 
and one daughter (Viz) Thomas, / John, Charles, Biohard and 
Howard, And Anne two sisters / in the island Hester married 
to yfr Hon. Colonell John Cope / and Margaret unmaried. Shee 
departed this life August ye 3rd 1681 ^tatis Sua" 30. 

Shee liv'd a Vertuous and Beligious Life 

Shee was a Tender Mother and a most loveing wife. 

The slab was thrown down by the earthquake of 1907, 
and on October 4, 1911, the writer saw in the vault two 
skulls and the bones appertaining. _ 

The tomb of George Cuthbert (who governed Jamaica- 


as senior member of.the Cauncil in-1832 and 1834); which 
is said to have been here, is not now to be found. 

Dr. William Lloyd, in his " Letters from the West 
Indies," wrote in 1837 of Belvedere as follows : 

Belvidere is a noble estate : the great house has .a balcoriy thirty 
yards long, fronting the sea ; it may be one mile from the shore ; 
the cane groimds descend thereto skirted by- cocoanut palms ; 
neighbom^ing and distant hills form an imposing, background and 
complete the panoramic spectacle. The sick house is a clean, 
commodious, handsome building, and the children and others 
confined under a prevalent epidemic, measles, well attended to : the 
negroes' cottages were like so many harbors in bowers of ever -greens ; 
and close at hand the inmates had built a chapel at their, own 
expense, spacious enough for hundreds ; neither mahogany, glass 
nor doors, formed part of the structure ; but there was a pulpit, arid 
one substantial adornment, simplicity, around and throughout; 
service was performed in it every sabbath. An intelligent negro 
acted as our Cicerone through the village, conducting^ us iBto his- 
dwelling, where he waited on us with due politeness,, in handing 
water; from the evident air of comfort around, I was certain 
that " Aristus would not be so amiable, were it not forifis Aspasia ; 
nor Aspasia so much esteemed were -it not for Her -Aristus-'; yet 
distress sits over those unaspiring, Kseats. ti|Cloui»t;.K-rrT^, the 
proprietor, a French nobleman, reside^ (|ji Frai^^^, and he is, not at 
present liberally disposed. The provision grovuids are 'in the 
mountains, and the watchmen being rfeirioved, dottle and thieves 
destroy the fruits of their exertions;- so that instead of having 
provisions to sell, they suffer scar^sity themselves, only being 
allowed one pound of salt fish per we.ek; in crop time they aj;e 
defrauded and overworked, and these teasing impositions, which 
are beneath a proprietor's dignity, destroy their peace. 

On Lyssons estate, named aftfer Nicholas Lycence, 
member for St. .Thomas in 1671-7^j,ifc(.j^^',;works, are the 
remains of an old windmill with.jybkfdate WSi. 

Here is the tomb to Sir John^' Taylor, IBt)., and Simon 
Taylor, to the north of the main 'toad ruiaiftig through the 
property. It is in good condition. The latter held many 
important posts and was a very wealthy planter, leaving 
behind him, it is said, the largest fortune ever accumulated 
by a West Indian. Both Sir John and his brother Simon 
were originally buried at Vale Royal, in St. Andrew ; but. 
on the sale of that property their bodies were removed to 


The following are the inscriptions : 

[On the Sovih side] 
Here lie the Remains of — Sir John Taylor, of Lissons, Baronet, 
— ^Amiable in His Manners, Steady in His Attachments- — & Exem- 
plary in the Practice of the Social & Domestic Duties. — ^He died — 
during a visit to His Estates in this Island, — ^May 6th, 1 786, — Aged 41 . 

{On the North side] 

Here lie the Remains of — the Honourable Simon Taylor, — A 
Loyal Subject, A firm Friend, & an Honest man. — ^Who, after 
an active life, — ^During which he faithfully & ably filled the highest 
Offices — of Civil & Military Duty in this Island, — ^Died April I4th, 
1813,— aged 73. 

[On the East side] 

To the Memory of — ^A beloved & Honoured — ^Father and Uncle. 

This Monument was erected — By Sir Simon Richard Brissett 
Taylor,— Baronet,— 1814. 

[On the West side] 

Arms, Two escutcheons. 

1. Argent, a saltire sable, between two human hearts, in pale 
gules, & 2 cinquefoils in fesse, vert. Baronet's badge in the fesse 
point. Crest, Out of a ducal coronet, a cubit arm holding a cross 

2. The same arms with supporters — ^Two leopards chained & 
collared. Motto, "In hoc signo Vinces." 

All that is left of Hordley are the remains of the works 
and overseer's house. Of the great house, two miles away 
at an elevation of 700 feet, there is now nothing left. 

While on his second visit to Jamaica, in 1818, Monk 
Lewis paid a flying visit to this estate. 

Here (he said) I expected to find a perfect paradise.and I found a per- 
fect hell. Report had assured me that Hordley was the best managed 
estate in the island ; and, as far as the soil was concerned, report ap- 
peared to have said true : but my trustee had also assured me that my 
negroes were the most contented and best-disposed, and here there 
was a lamentable incorrectness in the account. I found them in a 
perfect uproar ; complaints of all kinds stunned me from all quarters : 
all the blacks accused all the whites, and all the whites accused all 
the blacks ; and, as far as I could make out, both parties were 
extremely in the right. 

In the week at Lis disposal he was not able to effect 
much remedy. He found his " trustee " not cruel, but 



merely indolent as to the fate of the negroes j but he dis- 
missed one of the book-keepers and the " chief black 
governor." He gave the negroes new holdings, additional 
allowances of salt fish and presents of money, &c., and " left 
them in as good humour, apparently, as I found them 
in bad." 

Albion estate, on the right bank of the YaUahs just 
before it joins the sea, is the estate whence the white Albion 
sugar well known in England takes its name. The old 


works and the coolie hospital, erected in the middle of the 
nineteenth century, and the old-time book-keeper's house 
s.till exist ; ibut the great house is now in ruins. 

Dr. William Lloyd, in " Letters from the West Indies," 
above quoted, gives the following account of Golden 
Grove : 

The " great hoiise " is at a little distance on rising grovmd, com- 
manding a oawp d'ceil of the -whole plain ; hundreds and thousands 
of acres of canes may be seen at one glance. A school house has 
been erected near, and a pleasing young man Sent out by the Church 
Missionary Society has charge of it. We were pleased with the 
good order of the children ; many were absent ; at present the 
measles prevail, which may be one cause. During the day we 
visited a very celebrated estate, Golden Grove ; attorney, Thomas 
McCornock, Esq., custos of the parish, answering to our Lord 


Lieutenant. The extent of this estate is two thousand acres ; ap- 
prentices five hundred ; and it exports near six hundred hogheads of 
sugar : " communibus annis." All the arrangements, buildings, 
macliinery, et cet, are of a very superior description. A very neat 
chapel with a tower and clock close to the principal dwelling, was 
built by the tradesmen of the estate during the slave regime ; and 
such was the interest evinced by the slaves for religion, that they 
subscribed twenty pounds to buy a communion service cup ; it 
has been appropriately engraved ; much might be said on this 

The plate mentioned is now preserved in the offices of 
the Church of England in Jamaica in Kingston. The 
chalice, eight inches high, is inscribed round the foot, " Pur- 
chased for Golden Grove Chapel by the slaves of the estate, 

At Cambridge Hill and at Botany Bay are caves in 
which Arawak remains have been found. 

Cow Bay and Bull Bay recall the old days of the " cow 
killers " or buccaneers ; cow being by them applied to all 
kinds of homed cattle. 



The parish of Portland was named after the Duke of 
Portland, who was Governor of the colony at the date of 
its formation. It includes the old parish of St. George 
and part of St. Thomas, from which it was originally taken 
in 1723. St. George derived its name from the patron saint 
of England. Roby thinks that the name might have 
received additional appropriateness from the fact that 
George was the Christian name of the Duke of Albemarle, 
Sir Thomas Modyford's relative and patron ; as also of 
Colonel Nedham, his son-in-law. 

Port Antonio, which was then estabUshed, has two of 
the finest and securest harbours in the island. It is divided 
into Upper and Lower Titchfield, named after the property 
of the Duke of Portland. Upper Titchfield stands on 
a peninsula and contains Fort George, the old mihtary 

In the year 1721, when strenuous efforts were made to 
induce immigrants from the British Isles to settle in the 
north-eastern part of the island, the Governor was 
empowered to make grants in the king's name : 

To every white person, being a protestant, thirty acres ; 
to every white person in the family, thirty acres ; to every 
free mulatto Indian or Negro, twenty acres ; to every slave 
bought, five acres ; with a proviso that no person not 
having fifteen white persons in the family should have 
above 400 acres in the whole. On the condition that the 
grantees should settle and plant the land, or some part 
thereof, within six months from the date of the patent, 
and should not aUenate the land for seven years from 



that date. Special facilities were given to intending 
settlers : tbe lands were exonerated froni all arrears of 
quit rent and all grants made without fee of office, and 
the settlers freed from all taxes (general or parochial) 
(except quit rents) for seven years. 

In 1723 the receiver-general was authorised to raise 
a sum of £1500, to be applied : £1000 in purchasing lands, 
&c., provided by Act 9 Geo. 1, c. 8, and to provide each 
newcomer (man or woman) that should come over and 
settle within twelve months with two barrels of beef and 
one barrel of flour to be dehvered at Port Antonio free 
of all charges as a means of support until the lands allotted 
to them should be planted with proper provisions, and until 
the same were grown up and become fit for use — and also 
to provide proper necessaries and conveniences for the 
newcomers travelhng to the land where they were to 

To encourage new settlers and on account of the distance 
from the supreme court (then held in Spanish Town), 
persons settling were freed from all suits, actions and arrests, 
and public taxes, for three years. 

All these Acts and the facilities and encouragements 
apparently proved ineffectual to settle the parish, and 
in 1725 an Act was passed and the privileges of the previous 
Acts extended to all inhabitants of the island as well as 

In 1730, the Crown having piu-chased the remainder of 
Lynch's Island, the twenty acres originally allotted for 
a town and fortifications were vested in the Crown as they 
were found necessary for building wharves and stores and 
for careening men-of-war. 

In 1733 an Act was passed for cutting a road from the 
breastwork, building a defensible house, and prohibiting the 
sale of rum in Titchfield. Breastwork (about one and a half 
miles from Port Antonio) is still a local name on the Golden 
Vale road. 

In 1743 settlers in Portland were granted the same 
privileges as persons settling at Manchioneal and Norman's 
Valley in St. Thomas-in-the-East, by ^Aet 9 Geo. 2, 


that is ; their' passages were paid and that of their slaves 
■hot. exceeding twenty, and the receiver-general was to 
subsist them and their slaves for twelve months on the 
following- scale : each white person, four barrels of beef 
and 400 lb. of biscxiit or bread ; eacb slave a barrel of 
herrings and 400 lb. of biscuit or bread — the number of 
slaves not exceeding twenty. Every settler was entitled 
to a grant of land : for himself, thirty acres ; for his wife, 
fifty acres ; for each child, twenty acres ; for every oth^r 
white, fifteen acres ; for each slave, ten acres ; not to 
exceed in the whole 300 acres. He was exempted from 
taxes for five years, but had to commence settlement 
within three months from the date of his patent. 

This Act was limited in its duration, .and subsequently 

Long tells us that under the inducements of the laws 
passed between 1736 and 1752, in sixteen years, one 
hundred and eight families and fifteen artificers were 
introduced into Portland and elsewhere at an expense of 
£17,898, but that many of them failed for lack of capital. 

In 1780 all the restrictions, conditions, penalties and for- 
feitures imposed on settlers by the several Acts from 1721 to 
1776 having failed of their end, these Acts were repealed, 
and lands were to be held free from such restrictions, &c., 
and thereafter grants were to be made free therefrom — 
with a proviso excepting persons who had within four 
years before evaded the condition of their grants. 

From this date legislation with a view to settle the 
parish appears to have been discontinued, as no more Acts 
with that object are to be found in the statute book. 

In 1722 it was enacted that fifty acres at a certain place 
named Pattison's Point and thirty acres on Ruther's or 
Lynch's Island should be allotted for a town, and that 
two hundred and fifty acres adjoining should be a common 
belonging to the said towtt.or towns. 

By an Act of 1725 (an explanatory Act for the further 
encouraging the settling the parish of Portland) it was 
enacted that for enlarging the said town of Titchfield which 
had sprung up^ fifty more acres shoidd be added to the town 


and one hundred acres should be added to the common. 
By 1785 it appeared that divers people unlawfully encroached 
on the common of 350 acres, and the land had become 
of little or no use or profit to the town and the benefit was 
in danger of being entirely lost to them. Certain trustees 
were appointed by act 26 Geo. 3, c. 7 (an Act for vesting 
the common lands of the town of Titchfield in the parish 
of Portland, in trustees, for the purpose of raising a fund 
for erecting and maintaining a free school in the said town ; 
and for other purposes therein mentioned), for the direction 
and management of a free school to be erected in or near 
the town of Titchfield, to be maintained and endowed from 
the proceeds of the 350 acres of common land. The object 
of the trust was to provide instruction for youths, without 
charge to their parents, in reading, writing, arithmetic, 
Latin, Greek, mathematics, &c., and the masters were to 
be of the Church of England. The school was open to 
children of the island generally, but those of the inhabitants 
of the town of Titchfield were to have the preference. 

The school was in active operation from its foundation 
to the year 18^5, when it appears to have been closed in 
consequence of a report made on its " state and condition " 
by Henry Laidlaw, stipendiary magistrate, in pursuance 
of a commission entrusted to him by the Governor, and 
because of the trust having been thrown into Chancery 
by reason of having incurred debts amounting to nearly 
£300, for which judgment was obtained against the trustees 
in the Grand Court of October 1852, in the case of " Ander- 
son Charles vs. the Trustees of the Titchfield Free School 

Prom the revelations laid bare in Laidlaw's report, and 
from the tenor of a resolution passed at a meeting of the 
trustees held on January 3, 1853, it may be gathered that 
the trust at this time was in a very bad state. 

In 1883 a scheme was drawn up by the Jamaica Schools 
Commission, by which the management of the trust was 
vested in the Schools Commission and a board of local 
managers appointed by the Governor on the recommenda- 
tion of the Schools Commission, and in 1903 the Titch- 


field lands were vested in trustees appointed by the 

Olivier Park in Port Antonio was named after Sir Sydney 
Olivier, when he was Colonial Secretary ; Carder Park 
after a benefactor to the town. 

The fruit trade, which was opened up in Portland in 
the year 1868, has made Port Antonio a town of con- 
-siderable importance. 

I The Maroon settlement, called Moore Town, named 
lifter Henry Moore, Governor in 1760-62, is nine miles 
ifrom Port Antonio on the banks of the Rio Grande. 

There are at Low Layton, 150 feet above sea level, the 
remains of an extinct volcano. 

Manchioneal was the scene of some of the exploits of 
" Tom Cringle," recorded in his Log ; and the great 
house on Muiiton is said to be the one to which he was 
taken on his arrival from Cuba with yellow fever. 

DarUngford, an extensive coco-nut plantation belonging 
to the heirs of Sir Charles Darling, a former Governor of 
Jamaica, stands around the village of Manchioneal. 

At Spring Garden is a ruined fort, said to have been 
erected against the buccaneers. Sir Thomas Modyford, 
Governor from 1664 to 1670, is probably commemorated 
in Modyford's Gully at Dry Eiver in St. George. Bal- 
carres Hill is perhaps named after Alexander, Earl of 
Balcarres, Governor in 1795-1801, but Crawford Town was 
so called before the Earl of Balcarres came to the Island. 
Seaman's Valley is said to have derived its name from the 
destruction of a party of seamen by the Maroons. 

In 1842 the portion of the original parish of St. George 
to the west of the little Spanish River, together with part 
of the eastern portion of St. Mary, was taken to constitute 
the separate parish of Metcalfe. On the reduction of the 
number of parishes in 1867 this parish of Metcalfe fell to 
St. Mary, and the parish of St. George as reduced in 1842 
fell to Portland. 


The parish of St. Mary was probably so called from the 
port, Puerto Santa Maria, thus named by the Spaniards, 
now known as Port Maria : but Roby points out that 
Modjrtord's daughter's name was Mary, and it -was im- 
mediately next to the parish of St. George, the name of 
her husband being, as we have seen, George Nedham. It 
includes the former parish of Metcalfe, as well as a part of 
the old parish of St. George. 

At Gray's Inn, near Annotto Bay, are to be found re- 
mains of an old Spanish house, one of the few left in the 
island. The Maroon Town of Scott's Hall is situated 
behind Castleton Gardens on the Junction road, from 
Kingston to Annotto Bay. 

The account of the defeat of Sasi by Doyley at Rio 
Nuevo, now on Spring Valley, will best be told in the 
account of St. Ann amongst Doyley's other operations. 

At Decoy on the borders of St. Catherine is the tomb 
of Sir Charles Price, Bart., called the Patriot, for many 
years speaker of the Assembly. The property has now 
been divided up. The tomb is illustrated in HakewiU's 
" Picturesque Tour of Jamaica." 

The following is a copy of the lengthy inscriptions. 
The Latin inscription is on the top, the English round the 


Cakoltjs Pbiob Babonbtttjs 
multis vie ornatus vibttjtibrs 


Ut bt civibus et socns 



ET Fides. 
Mbmokub takti vibi 

Caeoltjs Pbiob 
tllius nattj maxemus 
Et qtjattjoe solus SUPEKSTES 
pobtun^ et honobis 





Though thou hast past the murky road 
Which Cato, Raleigh, Sidney, trod 
Yet still thy name and deathless praise 
By Poets sung in artless lays 
Or by tradition handed down 
To latest ages shall he known 
With tears of unaffected joy. 
Each parent teach his fav'rite boy 
How you withstood your country's foes 
And o'er their spleen triumphant rose 
Although 'twill hardly be believed 
That such a Patriot ever lived. 

This truly great man was born on the 20th August 1708. Having 
finished his Classical Education in some of the best private schools 
in England, his academical at Trinity CoUedge in the University 
of Oxford and taken the tour of Europe he returned to this his 
Native Country in the month of January 1730. 

On the 13th March 1732 he was elected a Member of the Honour- 
able House of Assembly, of which on the 18 th March 1745 he was 
chosen Speaker. 

On the 3rd of August 1748 the House came to the following 
Besolution : 

Resolved Nemine Contradicente : That Charles Price Esq. have 
the thanks of this House for his candid and impartial behaviour 
in the Service of this Country as Speaker of the Assembly, and that 
as a farther acknowledgement of his said Service : 

Ordered : — That the Receiver-General do purchase a peice of 
Plate for the said Speaker of the value of Two hundred Pistoles 
to be made in such Form and Shape as the said Speaker shall direct. 

December 19th 1760 the House came to another Resolution: 

Resolved Nemine Contradicente : That Charles Price, Esqr. 
Speaker of the Assembly hath supported that High Office with 
great Dignity, Impartiality, and Integrity, and that the thanks of 
the House be, and they are hereby given to the said Charles Price, 
Esqr. for his faithful discharge of the High Office of Speaker, and 
as a further Testimony of the Sense this House entertains of his 



Conduct in that Office that a peice of Plate of the value of Two 
Hundred Pounds sterling be presented to him. 

Ordered : — That Robert Graham Esq. the Receiver-General, 
or the Receiver-General for the time being do pay to the order of 
Charles Price Esq. the sum of two hundred pounds sterling to be 
laid out in the purchase of a Peice of Plate and that this or any 
future Assembly will make the same good to him. 

On the 11th day of October 1763 his seat was vacated at his own 
request, and the House came to the following Resolution : 


Resolved Nemine Contradicente : That the Thanks of this House 
be given to the Honourable Charles Price Esqr. for his steady, 
faithful, and impartial Discharge of the high and important Office 
of Speaker of the Assembly for a long series of years, throughout 
the whole course of which he distinguished himself in the most 
conspicuous manner, and approved himself a dutiful and loyal 
subject to His Majesty and a true lover of this Country by sup- 
porting on every Occasion the Honour and Dignity of the Crown 
and the Rights and Privileges of the People, and as a farther testi- 
mony of the high sense and approbation this House entertains of his 
conduct in that Office and Services to the Public that he be pre- 
sented with a Peice of Plate of the value of five himdred Pounds 

Ordered: — That Malcolm Lang Esqr. Receiver-General or the 


Receiver-General for the time being do pay to the Order of the 
Honourable Charles Price Esqr. the sum of Five Hundred Pounds 
sterling to be laid out in the Purchase of a Peiee of Plate, and this 
or any future Assembly will make the same good to him. 

Ordered : — That Mr. Speaker do transmit to the Honourable Charles 
Price Esqr. a copy of the foregoing Resolution and Order, in a, 
Letter of thanks agreeable to the above Resolution, and expressing 
likewise their Concern for the great loss the Country hath sustained 
by his Resignation occasioned by his ill state of Health. 

In the year 1768 as an additional Testimony of the Approbation 
of his Conduct and in Reward of his great Merit, His Majesty King 
George the Third in a manner, the most distinguishly honourable, 
it being unsolicited, was most graciously pleased to create him 
a Baronet of the Kingdom of Great Britain, an Honor, which though 
he did not live many years to enjoy, he might justly be said to 
enjoy with honor. 

In the offices also of Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature, 
Custos Rotulorum of the Parish and Precinct of St. Catherine, 
and Major-General of all the Horse and Foot Militia in the Island, he 
eminently distinguished himself in the service of his Country. 

" His Life was gentle, and the Elements so mixed in him, that 
Nature might stand up and say to all the world This was a Man." 

In the " Columbian Magazine," Kingston, 1796, oecxirs a 
poem on " The Decoy " : 

Dedicated to Sir Charles Price, Baronet, by his Son, the Hon. 
Charles Price Esq. Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly 
of Jamaica. 

To dust and suffocating heats. 

Well pleas'd, we bade adue ; 
To taste your garden's rural sweets,* 

And pay respects to you. 

Peace to this calm, aequester'd seat, 

Where art and nature vie, 
To decorate your lov'd retreat, 

And charm the mental eye. 

* This delightful spot, to which art and nature seemed to have 
conspired, in imparting the brightest touches of beauty and sublimity 
to the surrounding scenery, is situate in the higher part of the St. 
Mary's Mountains, and at present in possession of Henry Archbould, 
Esq. It was denominated the " Decoy," from the various attractions 
it possessed, and the interest it maintained in the breast of its 
numerous visitors. The garden is represented as the burial-place 
of that respectable but unfortunate family the Prices. 

ST. MARY 263 

'But who its beauty can disclose, 
Who paint its gay array ? 

What friendly muse will interpose 
And aid an artless lay ? 

From this sweet spot ; when aether's clear, 

Rich culture breathing round, 
" Cuba's " blue distant hills appear, ■* 

The prospect's utmost bound. 

Whilst you such constant care employ. 

And genuine taste impart, 
No wonder it should thus Decoy, 

And captivate the heart. 

Yet, tho' the scene does greatly please. 

You greater joy dispence, 
Conversing with convivial ease. 

And solid, sterling sense. 

Par from the world's allm-ing ills 

And folly's wide controul, 
Here candid Contemplation fills 

And elevates your soul. 

In the same magazine appears a poem by Sir Charles 
Price entitled " Resignation." One of the twelve verses 
may sufiELce : 

It was Heaven's Almighty decree. 

You will say, then, why should I repine ? 

Tho' in this we perhaps may agree, 
Have you ever felt anguish like mine. 

Long says of St. Mary: "The weather in this parish is 
extremely wet during great parts of the year, and so cold, 
that few if any of the houses are unfurnished with a 
chimney." In writing of the Decoy he says : 

One of the greatest curiosities in this parish is the Decoy, the 
seat of Sir Charles Price, Bart. It is situated on part of the range 
of mountains which border on St.-Thomas-in-the-Vale. The house 

* From its elevated situation, the island of Cuba is said to be 
distinctly seen in a clear day ; a prospect, however, commanded 
by many other mountainous settlements on that side of the Island. 


is of wood, but well finished, and has in front a very fine piece 
of water, which in winter is commonly stocked with wild-duck 
and teal. Behind it is a very elegant garden disposed in walks, 
which are shaded with the cocoanut, cabbage and sand-box trees. 
The flower and kitchen garden are filled jvith tlje most beautiful 
and useful variety which Europe, or this climate produce. It 
is decorated, besides, with some pretty buildings ; of which the 
principal is an octagonal saloon, richly ornamented on the inside 
with lustres, and mirrors empanneled. At the termination of 
another walk is a grand triumphal arch, from which the prospect 
extends over the fine cultivated vale of Bagnals quite to the North- 
side sea. Clumps of graceful cabbage-trees are dispersed in different 
parts, to enliven the scene, and thousands of plantane and other 
fruit-trees occupy a vast tract, that environs this agreeable retreat, 
not many years ago a gloomy wilderness. 

He further tells us that Price constantly resided on this 
property, and in truly Jamaica old-time fashion kept open 
house; "Few gentlemen of rank, whether of the army or 
navy, on service here, quitted the island without having 
passed some of their time at the Decoy." 

Sir Charles Price, the first baronet, was a grandson of 
Francis Price, a captain in the army of Venables at the 
capture of the island, who married the widow of Lieutenant- 
Colonel Rose, also one of the army. His son, Colonel 
Charles Price, who died in 1730 and hes buried, as we have 
seen, in the church of St. John, Guanaboa Vale, was the 
father of the first baronet. Sir Charles Price was a native 
of Jamaica, and " endued with uncommon natural talents, 
which were improved by education, and polished by travel 
in the early part of his life " : these abiHties and his personal 
wealth gained for him considerable influence in the island. 
He was member of the Assembly for St. Thomas-in-the- 
Vale 1732, for St. Catherine in 1752-66, and St. Mary 1756- 
61, and again for St. Catherine in 1766, was speaker in 
1746, and from 1756 to 1763. 

He was created a baronet, of Rose Hall, Jamaica, in 1768. 

His son. Sir Charles Price, the second baronet, was 
member of the Assembly for St. Catherine in 1768, for 
St. Thomas-in-the-Vale in 1779 and 1787. He was speaker 
in 1763 (when he succeeded his father in that office), 1765, 
and 1770. In October 1775 he was expelled the house at 

ST. MARY 265 

his own request, and left for England, intending never to 

In 1786 as he was in financial difficulties the House 
advanced £5000 on mortgage of the Decoy, but in the 
following year a new Assembly voted this transaction 
" unconstitutional and of dangerous example." He died 
in 1788 in Spanish Town without issue, and the title 
became extinct. 

Sir Charles Price's name was for many years associated 
with a particular species of rat — ^the largest in the island — 
known as the " cane-piece rat," or the " Charles Price rat " 
on the assumption that it was introduced into Jamaica by 
him ; but Richard Hill, who investigated the matter for 
Gosse, and obtataed the family tradition on the subject 
from George Price, of Worthy Park, a great-grandson 
of Sir Charles Price, came to the conclusion that the 
animal, which Price introduced from South America and 
in the eyes of the negroes had strong rat characteristics, 
was no rat. Several were set loose at the Decoy, and at 
Worthy Park, but they did not survive. They may 
possibly have been a species of opossum, one example 
of which recently came to Jamaica in a ship from Costa 
Rica . To show what a curse rats were to the sugar planters, 
Beckford records that 39,000 were caught in five or six 
months on one estate. 

At Agualta Vale is the tomb of Thomas Hibbert 
(d. 1780), who came to Jamaica in 1734. 

The following is the inscription : 

In a vault near this place lie deposited by his own direction the 
remains of — ^Thomas Hibbert, Esq., — late a Merchant in the Town 
of Kingston — and proprietor of this and two adjoining Estates. 
He was the eldest son of Bobert and Mary Hibbert, of Manchester, 
in the county of Lancaster, in the Klingdom of Great Britain — ^from 
whence he first arrived in this Island in 1734 — and after residing 
in it, with little interruption, almost forty-six years— Died un- 
married at this Estate, on the 20th of May, 1780 — in the 71st year 
of his age. . . . 

As we have seen, he built Headquarters House, Kingston. 
He purchased Agualta Vale, containing about 3000 acres, 


from the heir of one Bendish about the year 1760. The 
sugar estate was settled in 1771. 

Fort George, near Annotto Bay, is now all that remains 
of the lands of the Ellis family, which once owned numerous 
properties in the island — Shettlewood Montpelier in St. 
James, EUis Caymanas and Crawle Pen in St. Catherine 
and Nutfield, Newry, Greencastle and Fort George in St. 

The statement often made that John EUis, the first 
settler, was an of&cer in Venables' army is not borne out 
by the list of those officers. He is recorded as a captain in 
1685. He and his descendants sat in many Assembhes, 
and intermarried with the Nedhams, Beckfords, and Longs. 
Charles Rose Ellis was created Baron Seaford in 1826, and 
his son became Baron Howard de Walden in right of his 

George Ellis, the poet, and John EUis, the naturalist 
and Agent in England for Dominica, were also members 
of this family, who have, from time to time, done much for 
cattle breeding in Jamaica, having been pioneers in import- 
ing valuable breeds from Cuba, India, Portugal, and Italy. 
To George EUis, chief justice in 1736-39, Jamaica owes the 
introduction of guinea grass — the seed having been brought 
from Guinea as food for cage-birds. 

At Port George indigo was cultivated in the early days. 

At Dryland, near Woodside, is an example of Arawak 
rock-carving (iUustrated in the " Journal of the Institute 
of Jamaica," vol. ii. No. 4). Fort Haldane, situated on 
a cliff above the coast on Gray's Charity, a mile west of 
Port Maria, is named after General George Haldane, 
Governor in 1759. Prospect, near White River, is an old 
loopholed house, a good example of Jamaica architecture ; 
and Heywood Hall was the scene of a fight between 
Koromantyn slaves and the white inhabitants of St. Mary, 
who defeated them, in 1760. 

As early as Slaney's map of 1678 there was a Christo- 
pher's Cove in St. Mary in addition to Don Christopher's 
Cove in St. Ann. 



The parish of St. Ann is rich in associations with the 
aboriginal inhabitants, the Spaniards, and with the early 
history of the British occupation of the colony. It was in 
St. Ann that Columbus discovered Jamaica ; it was in 
St. Ann that he spent a twelvemonth while waiting for 
help from Hispaniola ; it was in St. Ann, at Ocho Rios, 
that two engagements of note with the Spaniards were 
fought ; it was from St. Ann that the last remnants of the 
Spaniards left the island, while the last battle of importance 
was fought at Rio Nuevo in St. Mary, but a few miles across 
the border. 

A kitchen midden of peculiar interest was opened up in 
1912, situated at the top of the hiU, some 980 feet high, 
on which stands the great house of Liberty Hall, com- 
manding a view from Seville, the old Spanish settlement, 
on the west, to Port Maria on the east, and overlooking 
the Uttle creek to the east of St. Ann's Bay, known as Don 
Christopher's Cove, where Columbus spent twelve weary 
months, from June 1603 to June 1504. The thick foliage 
must in those days, however, have precluded any more 
than mere peeps at that sea over which the dreaded Caribs 
might at any moment arrive. 

It is highly probable that the Liberty Hill Arawaks 
supplied Columbus and his companions with food while 
he Hved on board ship in the creek some three miles distant, 
into which the Spanish Lookout river runs, through land 
which afterwards became Drax Hall property and whence 
Beckford of " Vathek " fame later obtained much of the 
wealth he spent lavishly at his Gothic residence in Somerset. 




It is possible that some of the pottery recently dug up by 
the turn of the fork may have been used to cook this food, 
and it is conceivable that some of the vessels may have 
been handled by the great discoverer himself. 

The area of the midden or shell-mound is, roughly 
speaking, about half of an acre, consisting of the brow of 
the hill on which the great house stands. The richest 
collection of remains was found just outside the garden 
gate on the carriage drive, where a few days before some 


pieces had been unearthed in the preliminary work of 
grading the drive to facihtate the tmning of motor cars — 
a strange hnk between the old world and the new. In- 
vestigation in the banana walk at the back of the house, 
and in the garden on the one side and the pastures on the 
other, jdelded proof that the midden extended all round 
the brow of the hill, as was the usual custom. 

The remains resemble in the main the usual results of 
search in such middens — as described in Dr. Duerden's 
" Aboriginal Indian Remains of Jamaica " published by the 
Institute of Jamaica in 1897, and in Mr. T. De Booy's more 
recent pamphlet, " Certain Eatchen-Middens in Jamaica " 
(1913) — ^land and marine shells, some pierced for the 
purpose of carrying them, fish bones, coney bones, broken 

ST. ANN 269 

pottery, broken stone implements, flint flakes and chalce- 
dony, from which their beads and other ornaments were 
made. The Jamaica arawak pottery, Professor Mason 
tells us, lies between the Porto Rican and that of Florida 
to CaroUna. The pieces unearthed at Liberty Hill afford 
good examples of its decoration, in the handles especially. 
One is distinctly fashioned like a parrot's head. The 
borders show the usual indentations made, before the 
pottery was baked, by cross-hatching and otherwise. But 
one has a curious serrated edge not hitherto found in 
Jamaica. Examples of this collection are in the museum 
of the Institute of Jamaica. 

Although from the nature of things only fragments of 
pottery were obtained, it is not difficult, in the light of 
previous experience, to reconstruct the bowls of which 
they formed part. Dr. Duerden mentions as the greatest 
size hitherto found, a circular basin with a diameter of 
about eighteen inches. That must have been approxi- 
mated by one found at Liberty Hill. The bowls vary in 
thickness from three-sixteenths of an inch to half an inch, 
but pieces of flat cooking slabs were found as thick as one 
inch. The pottery on the whole seems better baked than 
that usually found. 

Additional interest attaches to the Liberty Hill mound 
from the fact that clay from which some of this pottery 
was made is to be found at Lime Hall hard by, where there 
was in recent times a pottery in operation, and also from 
the fact that in the St. Ann's Great River, which runs 
bordering the property to the east, are to be found stones 
from which aboriginal hatchets were made, and alongside 
a supply of sandstone which the Arawaks conceivably used 
for the shaping and pohshing of their implements. A slab 
of stone was found on the midden itself, suggesting that 
perhaps Liberty Hill may have been the site of a factory 
of both earthenware bowls and stone hatchets. But it 
would seem that its greatest interest lies in its possible 
close association, during a twelvemonth, with the life of 
the great Columbus. 

Other kitchen middens have been discovered at 


Moneague, on the hotel grounds ; at Friendship, near by ; 
at Belle Vue, on the banks of the White River ; at Retreat, 
at Orange Valley ; and at Cranbrook. Further investi- 
gations would doubtless reveal others. 

There are Arawak rock-carvings in a cave at Coventry. 

On September 12, 1492, Columbus, after encountering 
oppositions and difficulties which would have deterred 
all but very resolute men, was the first European to set 
foot in the New World — ^landing on that day at Guanahani 
(Wathng Island) in the Bahamas. The important discovery 
of Cuba and Hispaniola was made on his homeward voyage. 

On May 4, 1494, while on his second voyage of discovery, 
he was the first European to land in Jamaica, running his 
lateen-rigged caravel, the Nina, and her two consorts into 
Dry Harbour Bay on the north side of the island. 

On April 24 he had left his new-founded city of Isabella 
in Hispaniola, and started on a further voyage of discovery. 
He sailed westward along the north coast of Hispaniola, 
and, leaving the point we now call Cape St. Nicholas, stood 
across to Cuba, and anchored in a harbour (Guantanamo), 
to which he gave the name of Puerto Grande. Leaving 
on May 1, he coasted along the southern shores, admiring 
the beauty of the landscape, noting the rivers, and re- 
ceiving visits from numerous Indians in their canoes, with 
whom he exchanged beads and hawks' bells for cassava 
bread, fish and fresh water. But soon, on the advice of his 
Guanahani guide (whom he had taken to Spain on returning 
from his first voyage) he stood due south in order to visit 
a large island of which the natives spoke. As he neared 
the island a number of carved and painted canoes, one 
nearly ninety feet in length, crowded with Indians, came 
out to meet him a league's length from the shore. After 
giving them presents, Columbus sailed on and dropped 
anchor in a place which he named Santa Gloria, on account 
-of its extreme beauty. Passing the night there he sailed 
westward to find a closed port in which he might careen 
and caulk up his vessels. About four leagues further on 
he found a very singular port, to use the words of Bernaldez, 
or, as Fernando Colombo describes it,: resembling a horse- 

ST. ANN 271 

shoo in shape, which he named Puerto Bueno. Here two 
canoes full of Indians met him, but after six or seven of 
the natives had been wounded by bolts from the Spaniards' 
crossbows they retreated. 

On anchoring Columbus saw " so many Indians that 
the earth was covered with them," all painted, chiefly in 
black, wearing nothing but plumes on their heads and 
aprons of leaves round their waists. Wishing to assert 
his authority and instil a fear for the arms of Castile into 
the hearts of the natives, Columbus, as the caravels could 
not reach the shore owing to the shallowness of the water, 
sent three boatloads of men, who, aided by the pioneer 
of those hounds which afterwards did fearful execution 
amongst the poor Indians, drove them off so that there was 
not a man or woman left in the neighboiu'hood. On the 
following day six Indians came as ambassadors from the 
caciques or chiefs, begging Columbus not to go away ; and 
later on the caciques themselves and many followers came 
and brought provisions, which probably consisted of cassava, 
arrowroot, guavas, naseberries, cocoa-plmns and star- 
apples. During the time they were there the Spaniards 
had everything in abundance, and the Indians were very 
pleased with the objects (hawks' bells, beads and the like) 
which the admiral gave them. When the vessels had been 
repaired and the crews were rested, Columbus left Puerto 
Bueno after a three days' stay, and skirted the northern 
shore, being visited from each village by canoes full of 
Indians, who exchanged native products for hawks' bells 
and beads, till he came to Point Negril, which he named 
" Cabo del Buen Tiempo." 

Owing partly to contrary winds and partly to the im- 
pression that there was " no gold in it, or any other metal, 
although the island was otherwise a paradise and worth more 
than gold," Columbus nowlef t Jamaica and returned to Cuba. 

The historians of Jamaica and the West Indies generally 
have thrown but httle Ught on the subject of the Jamaica 
landing. For a time the honour was about equally divided 
between St. Ann's Bay and Port Maria. So far, however, 
as the somewhat scanty information warrants one in 


coming to a conclusion, it may be assumed that Columbus's 
Santa Gloria was probably St. Ann's Bay and that his 
Puerto Bueno was what is now known as Dry Harbour, 
for it is said that he called the first port he touched at 
Santa Gloria ; that he stayed at Santa Gloria in 1504 ; 
that Sevilla arose near Santa Gloria, and SeviUa, we are 
told, was near St. Ann's Bay. The horseshoe shape of 
Puerto Bueno, as well as other evidence, points to Dry 
Harbour as the place of Columbus's first landing in Jamaica. 
It may be mentioned that the identification of Puerto 
Bueno with Dry Harbour was dealt with by the present 
writer at greater length than is possible here in " The Story 
of the Life of Columbus and the Discovery of Jamaica " 
(Kingston, 1894). There was a Fort Columbus at Dry 
Harbour in and about 1783. 

It is not here necessary to follow Columbus in his further 
voyaging — through " The Queen's Garden," as he named 
the islands ofE the southern coast of Cuba, back to Jamaica, 
where on the south side he had, as we have seen in the 
account of St. Catherine, an interview at Old Harbour 
with an important cacique, thence to Isabella, on the north 
coast of Hispaniola, and so home. But Dry Harbour 
was once again visited by the admiral on his fourth and 
last voyage. 

On his way back from the continent of America, which 
he saw for the last time on May 1, 1503, while making for 
Hispaniola for succour, as his two worm-eaten caravels 
the Gapitana and the Santiago de Palos were in no fit state 
to cross the Atlantic, after passing the Cayman Islands, 
which he named Las Tortugas, and encountering a storm 
at the west end of Cuba, he ran for Jamaica and reached 
Dry Harbour on June 23, 1503 ; when, finding no water 
there, he went on to Puerto Santa Gloria (St. Ann's Bay) 
and ran his caravels on the beach in a cove, possibly in that 
which is still called Don Christopher's Cove. Why another 
cove in St. Mary received the same name is not evident. 

Being unable to keep the ships afloat any longer he 
stranded them as best he could, one near the other, and 
propped them up on both sides so that they could|not move. 




The lower parts soon filled when pumping ceased, and 
cabins had to be built on deck thatched with straw to 
supplement the accommodation now only found in the 
cabins under the poops and forecastles. There, in the 
words of Mendez, they were "not without considerable 
danger from the natives, who were not yet subdued, and 
who might easily set fire to our habitation in the night, 
in spite of the greatest watchfulness." 

The natives, however, soon showed that they were 
inclined to be friendly, and Columbus endeavoured to see 
that nothing was done to 
abuse their confidence. 
They brought in provisions 
such as cassava, fish and I'i 
birds, which they wilhngly - 
exchanged for cheap orna- 
ments ; and we are told 
that Columbus's youthful 
son, Fernando, took great 
interest in these barter- 
ings, which were organised on a large scale by Diego 
Mendez, who had ever been a good and faithful follower 
of the admiral. 

The following is Mendez's account * of what he did : 

It was there that I gave out the last ration of biscuit and wine ; 
I then took a sword in my hand, three men only accompanying me, 
and advanced into the island ; for no one else dared go to seek 
food for the Admiral and those who were with him. It pleased 
God that I found some people who were very gentle and did us no 
harm; but received us cheerfully, and gave us food with hearty 
goodwill. I then made a stipulation with the Indians, who lived 
in a village called Aguacadiba, and with their cacique, that they 
should make cassava bread, and that they should hunt and fish to 
supply the Admiral every day with a sufficient quantity of pro- 
visions, which they were to bring to the ships, where I promised 
there should be a person ready to pay them in blue beads, combs 
and knives, hawks' -bells and fish hooks, and other such articles 
which we had with us for that purpose. With this understanding, 
I dispatched oneof the Spaniards, whom I brought with me, to the 
Admiral, in order that he might send a person to pay for the pro- 

* Mendez wrote in 1536. 


visions, and secure their being sent. !From thence I went to another 
village, at three leagues distance from the former, and made a similar 
agreement with the natives and their cacique, and dispatched 
another Spaniard to the Admiral, begging him to send another 
person with a similar object to this village. After this I went 
further on, and came to a great cacique named Huareo, living in a 
place which is now called Melilla, thirteen leagues from where the 
ships lay. I was very well received by him ; he gave me plenty to 
eat, and ordered all his subjects to bring together in the course 
of three days a great quantity of provisions, which they did, and 
laid them before him, whereupon I paid him for them to his full 
satisfaction. I stipulated with him that they should furnish a 
constant supply, and engaged that there should be a person ap- 
pointed to pay them. Having made this arrangement, I sent the 
other Spaniard to the Admiral with the provisions they had given 
me, and then begged the cacique to allow me two Indians to go with 
me to the extremity of the island, one to carry the hammock in which 
I slept, and the other carrying the food. 

In this manner I journeyed eastward to the end of the island, 
and came to a cacique who was named Ameyro, with whom I entered 
into close friendship. I gave him my name and took his, which 
amongst these people is regarded as a pledge of brotherly attach- 
ment. I bought of him a very good canoe, and gave him in exchange 
an excellent brass helmet that I carried in a bag, a frock, and one 
of the two shirts that I had with me ; I then put out to sea in 
this canoe, in search of the place that I had left, the cacique having 
given me six Indians to assist in guiding the canoe. When I reached 
the spot to which I had dispatched the provisions, I found there 
the Spaniards whom the Admiral had sent, and I loaded them 
with the victuals that I had brought with me, and went myself 
to the Admiral who gave me a very cordial reception. He was 
not satisfied with seeing and embracing me, but asked me 
respecting everything that had occurred in the voyage, and offered 
up thanks to God for having delivered me in safety from so barbarous 
a people. The men rejoiced greatly at my arrival, for there was 
not a loaf left in the ships when I returned to them with the means 
of allaying their hunger ; this and every day after that, the Indians 
came to the ships loaded with provisions from the places where 
I had made the agreements ; so that there was enough for the two 
hundred and thirty people who were with the Admiral. 

In spite of Mendez's efforts, it was evident to Columbus 
that the present state of affairs was highly unsatisfactory. 
Neither of the caravels could be made fit for sea, and it 
became necessary to seek aid from Hispaniola. After a 
conversation with the admiral, and when no response had 
been made to an appeal for volunteers for such a risky 

ST. ANN 275 

journey, which appeal Columbus had made publicly at 
Mendez's suggestion, Mendez offered to go, saying : 

" I have but one life, and I am willing to sacrifice it in 
the service of your lordship, and for the welfare of all 
those who are here with us ; for I trust in God, that in 
consideration of the motive which actuates me, he will give 
me deliverance, as he has done on many other occasions." 

It was decided that he should be accompanied by Barto- 
lome Fiesco, in a second canoe, who was to return and 
announce Mendez's safe arrival in Hispaniola, while the 
latter was to go on to Spain and let the sovereigns know of 
the results of the voyage, and for that purpose Columbus 
entrusted Mendez with a long letter descriptive of the 

In the meantime hope of assistance deferred, their 
crowded quarters on shipboard, and want of occupation 
and exercise began to have their effects upon the health 
and spirits of the little settlement at Santa Gloria. Dis- 
content led to open rebellion. The brothers Porras 
(Francisco the captain of the Santiago, and Diego the 
accountant) led the revolt, followed by Juan Sanchez, the 
pilot Ledesma, Barba the gunner, and some fifty others, 
who were moved to rebellion by Porras's false representa- 
tions. On January 2, 1504, when Columbus was confined 
in bed by gout, Francisco de Porras burst into his small 
cabin and accused the admiral of having no intention of 
returning to Spain. Remonstrances were useless, and, 
to quote the " Historie " : 

" Porras replied, that it was not now time to talk, and 
that the Admiral must either embark immediately or stay 
there by himself ; and turning his back upon the Admiral 
he called out in a loud voice, ' I am bound for Spain with 
those that are willing to follow me.' On this all his 
followers who were present shouted out, ' We will go with 
you ! we will go with you ! ' and running about in great 
confusion crying, ' Let them die ! let them die ! For 
Spain ! for Spain ! ' while others called on the captain 
for his orders, they took possession of the poop, forecastle, 
and round tops. 


" Though the Admiral was then so lame of the gout that 
he could not stand, he yet endeavoured to rise and come 
out upon deck on hearing this uproar ; but two or three 
worthy persons, his attendants, laid hold upon him and 
forcibly laid him again in bed, that the mutineers might 
not murder him ; they then ran to his brother, who was 
going out courageously with a half-pike, and wresting it 
from his hands, they forced him into the cabin beside the 
admiral, desiring Captain Porras to go where he liked, and 
not commit a crime for which they might all suffer ; that 
he might be satisfied in meeting no opposition to his going 
away, but if he killed the Admiral he must lay his account 
with being severely punished for what could not possibly 
be of the least benefit to his views." 

The rebels seized some stores and ten canoes which 
Columbus had purchased at Maima, a native village near 
where the caravels were grounded, and which perhaps 
stood by Mammee Bay, and made several futile attempts 
to follow Mendez to Hispaniola ; proving themselves such 
wretches, it is said, as to force into the sea when the 
waves ran high, in order to lighten the canoes, those poor 
Indians whom they had taken with them to navigate their 

Foiled by their own cowardice and want of enterprise 
from leaving Jamaica, they ran riot throughout the island, 
ill-treating the natives, and thereby upsetting the reputa- 
tion for kindness and fair dealing which the admiral had 
carefully been building up. The result was that the 
natives, not able to distinguish between the followers of 
Columbus and his renegades, began to change their regard 
for their visitors ; the consistent and steady labour neces- 
sary for the due supply of food also was unusual and proved 
irksome to them, and the Spanish trinkets with their loss 
of novelty lost much of their value in their eyes. Supplies 
therefore were not now forthcoming, and Columbus found 
himself and his companions, many of whom were with him 
owing rather to sickness than to loyalty, in danger of 
starvation. Once again his resourceful nature stood him 
in good stead, and he made use of an approaching eclipse 

ST. ANN 277 

to bring them to reason in the manner related by 

But Columbus's troubles were by no means over. In 
March, just as discontent amongst his followers was again 
becoming formidable, a caravel hove in sight, and all 
hearts were raised in thanksgiving in anticipation of being 
removed from their disagreeable position. Bitter must 
have been the disappointment when, the ship anchoring 
outside the bay, a boat put off, and Escobar, the messenger 
sent by Ovanda, handed a letter to Columbus, with a 
present of a bottle of wine and a piece of bacon ; and it 
was found that the letter contained merely condolences 
for their sufferings, and regret that no vessels could be 
spared for the purpose of bringing them from Jamaica. 
It was a sorry jest on Ovanda' s part, and there seems reason 
for believing that Escobar had been sent rather in the 
hope of finding that the admiral was dead, than to render 
succour. Still Columbus's dignity and courage did not 
desert him. He sent an answer asking for assistance, 
consoUng himself with the reflection that Mendez was safe, 
and that sooner or later succour would come : and Escobar 
left that same night. 

At this time Columbus endeavoured to pacify the rebel 
party by sending to tell them of the arrival of Escobar, 
giving them a piece of the bacon as token ; and he offered, 
if they returned to obedience, to give them a free pardon 
and a passage to Spain. Porras persuaded his followers 
to decline this offer and to demand permission to reside 
where they liked in the island and a promise of half the 
room on ship board and half the stores when help should 
arrive. On being told that these demands would not be 
complied with, they said they would take them by force. 

Hearing that Porras and his mutineers were marching 
in open rebellion upon Maima, Columbus entrusted to 
the adelantado the task of pacifying them or defying 
them.' Bartolome gathered together what men he could, 
about fifty in all, and, after overtures had been rejected 
by Porras, who calculated on his superior numbers to gain 
him an easy victory, prepared to receive attack on May 19. 


Porras and six others made a dead set at the adelantado, 
for they thought if they could kill him, the rest would be 
easy. But the bold Bartolome was not dismayed. His 
first three blows disposed of the powerful Sanchez the 
pilot, Barba the gunner, and Ledesma, who, however, 
recovered from his wounds in spite of the fact that he fell 
into a ravine and was not discovered till the next day. 
Then he received on his shield a fierce blow from Francisco 
de Porras, who, his sword sticking in the shield, was over- 
powered and bound. His followers fled, and the formidable 
revolt was quelled by the courage and strength of one man. 
The adelantado lost but one soldier. This miniature 
battle had been witnessed by the natives drawn up in 
battle array, and after the fight was over they marvelled 
to find that the strangers from the skies were but mortal 
like themselves. Columbus, with his usual clemency, 
granted the pardon asked for by the rebels, and even spared 
the lives of the two Porrases, whom he, however, kept in 

At last, about the end of June, the long looked for help 
arrived in the shape of two caravels, one sent by Mendez 
under the command of Diego Salcedo, and a second sent 
as an ostensible aid to Columbus by Ovando, who, now 
that he found that the admiral could get assistance without 
him, thought it well to take part in the relief. 

On June 28, 1504, after a sojourn of twelve months and 
four days in the island, Columbus and his followers, 
accompanied by Salcedo, left Jamaica, which could have 
had but unhappy memories for the great mariner. 

Four years later the town of Sevilla Nueva, later 
known as Sevilla d'Oro, was founded under the authority 
of the admiral's son and successor Diego, near the spot 
occupied by the wrecked caravels. 

Sloane on his expedition to the north side visited 
Sevilla Nueva. He says : 

I observed the ruins of the town called Sevilla, among which a 
church built by Peter Martyr of Angleria, of a sort of freestone 
(to be had near this city) and bricks. A pavement was found two 
miles from this church ; the city was so large it had a fortified 

ST. ANN 279 

castle, the walls of pebbles and bricks, four feet thick ; it was and 
is a good port. . . . This town is now Captain Hemraing's planta- 
tion. The church was not finished ; it was thirty paces broad and 
thirty paces long. There were two rows of pillars within ; over the 
place where the altar was to be were some carvings under the ends 
of the arches. It was built out of a sort of stone between freestone 
and marble, taken out of a quarry about a mile up in the hills ; 
the houses and foundations stand for several miles along. The 
ground towards the country is rising. Captain Hemmings told 
me he sometimes found pavements under his canes, three feet 
covered with earth, and several times wells, and sometimes burial- 
stones finely cut. There are the beginnings of a great house 
called a monastery, but I suppose the house was designed for the 
Governor. There were two coats-of-arms not set up — a ducal 
one, and that of a count, I suppose belonging to Columbus's family, 
the proprietors of the island. There had been raised a tower, part 
brick and part hewn stones, as also several battlements on it, and 
other lower buildings not finished. At the church lie several 
arched stones to complete it, which had never been put up, but 
lay among the canes. The rows of pillars within were for the most 
part plain. In the time of the Spaniards it was thought the Euro- 
peans had been cut off by the Indians, and so the church left un- 
finished. When the English took the island the ruins of this city 
were so overgrown with wood that they were all turned black ; 
nay, I saw a mammee, or bastard mammee tree grow within the 
walls of the tower, so high that it must have been a very large gun 
could kill a bird on the top of it, and most part of the timber fell'd 
off this place, when it was planted, was sixty foot or more long. A 
great many wells are on this ground. . . . The west gate of the 
church was a very fine work, and stands very entire ; it was seven 
feet wide, and as high before the arch began. Over the door in 
the middle was our Saviour's head with a crown of thorns between 
two angels ; on the right side a small round figure of some saint 
with a knife struck into his head ; on the left a Virgin Mary or 
Madonna, her arm tied in three places, Spanish fashion. Over the 
gate, under a coat of arms, this inscription : — Petrus Martir ab 
Angleria Italvs Civis Mediolanen. Prothon. Apos. hvivs Insulee Abbas 
Senatus Indici Consiliarivs Ligneam privs Mdera banc bis Igne 
consvmptam Latericio et Quadrato Lapide primus a Eundamentis 

This Long thus translates : — 

Peter Martir, of Anghiera, an Italian citizen of Milan, chief 
missionary and abbot of this island, member of the Council of ' 
the Indies, first raised from its foundation, with brick and square 
stone, this edifice, which formerly was built of wood, and twice 
destroyed by fire. 


This Peter Martyr must not be confounded with his 
namesake, Pietro Martire Vermigh (1500-62), of Florence, 
who at Cranmer's instance went to England, and for six 
years occupied a professor's chair of theology at Oxford. 
Our Peter MartjT was Pietro Martire of Anghiera (1455- 
1526), a native of Arona in Italy, apostolic protonotary, 
and a member of the Council of the Indies to Charles V. 
and first abbot of Jamaica. He was a prototype of the 
absentee proprietor ; he never set foot in the island. He 
is best known by his work entitled " De Orbe Novo," 
commonly called " The Decades." The " some saint with 
a knife struck into his head," mentioned by Sloane, was 
the Dominican saint of the thirteenth century, well known 
to students of mediaeval Christian art, especially by reason 
of Titian's world-famous painting of his martyrdom, and 
the saint after whom the two sixteenth-century Peter 
Martyrs were named. 

At the time that Long wrote (1774), nearly a century later 
than Sloane, several fragments of carved work in stone 
' ' that would be thought no mean ornaments in an European 
church " were still to be seen there, and the ruins of two 
edifices, one said to have been a castle and the other 
probably the collegiate church, were still remaining, 
separated by about half a mile. The walls were compacted 
with a very hard cement, and were several feet in thickness. 
But he mentions that these walls were being every day 
diminished for the sake of the materials, which were used 
in repairing the buildings on the estate, so much so that 
the remains of the castle were then below the surface of 
the earth. In 1764 he tells us there were dug up two 
pilasters of about seven feet in length, "of no particular 
order, but somewhat resembling the Ionic," on which 
were " some carvings in alto-relievo." Four or five coarse 
images were likewise found, one of which resembled a 
sphinx, another an alligator, and the rest creatures of the 
mason's fancy. Long says that the Spaniards abandoned 
Sevilla Nueva because the south side ports were more con- 
venient for the galleons and other vessels passing between 
St. Domingo and Cartagena. 

ST. ANN 281 

The usual derivation of the name of Ocho Rios, one of 
the most beautiful spots in the beautiful parish of St. Ann, 
as meaning eight rivers, is probably wrong. The word is 
most likely a corruption of chorrera, a spout, having re- 
ference to the waterfall near by. In Long's time it was 
called Chareiras, and as late as 1841 WiUiam Rob wrote : 
" Ocho Rios called to this day by the old inhabitants 
' Cheireras,' its early and appropriate name, ' the bay of 
waterfalls.' " It is interesting to note that there is a 
Chorrera River in Cuba, near Havannah. 

In 1657 a letter from Bayona, the governor of Cuba, 
to a certain Spanish serjeant^major in Jamaica, making 
arrangements for an attack on Jamaica to be aided by 
the whilom Spanish slaves in the island, was intercepted. 
Immediate steps were taken by the resourceful Doyley ; 
and Arnoldo Sasi, the Spanish governor, who having 
yielded up Jamaica to Penn and Venables had re-landed 
on the north side from Cuba, was signally defeated by 
Doyley in person at Ocho Rios, whither he had sailed 
round from Passage Fort. 

The following is the account which Doyley himself gave 
to Cromwell in " A Narrative of the Great Success God 
hath been pleased to give his Highness Forces in Jamaica, 
against the King of Spain's Forces. Published by His 
Highness Special Command. London, 1658." 

Right Honourable, 

Since my last to Your Honour, the First of October last, I have 
had intelligence, that the Galleons with Plate, I then mentioned 
to be at Carthagena bound for Spain, were cast away by a Hirecane ; 
and an evident token thereof, the Burmudans, our Informants, 
being in a small Shallop, brought in hither about Twenty thousand 
pieces of Eight, which they had taken in the Back. And according 
to my former to the Committee for Jamaica, having by a Prisoner 
notice, that about Five hundred of the Enemy were landed here, 
and that the Governour Don Christopher Arnaldo Sasser [sic] was 
fortifying himself at St. Anne about Thirty-five miles from us, I was 
resolved to give him time to fortifie so much, that he might think 
himself secure enough to stand us (that we might not perpetually 
be put to the toyl of hunting them in the Woods), and yet so that he 
might not be able to give us any strong resistance : which accordingly 
being done, I sent a Party of Stout, Well and Willing men, under 


the command of Major Richard Steevens to whom ahout Sixty of our 
Officers joyned, Volunteers, exceedingly desirous of action (after so 
long a cessation) who advanced to the place, very strongly situated 
on a Bock ; as soon as the Enemies Centinels discovered them, 
they threw down their Arms, gave the AUarm to the Governour, 
who with the rest fled to the Woods, leaving behinde them all their 
Arms and Ammunition ; so, finding the vanity of following them in 
the Woods and Mountains, we left them. 

Before our Party came in, our Ships brought in a Portugal, 
running into Cvha, who examined, told me that there were Five 
hundred landed about the middle of Jidy, that they had marched 
up the Countrey, and finding the scarcity of provisions (contrary 
to what was told them) were almost starved, had endeavoured to 
mutiny ; and that about Three hundred of them were by the Spanish 
Commanders returned to a place called the Chareras, in the North, 
over against Cvha, where they first landed, where was their Magazine 
and Provisions, and more men and Provisions dayly expected, where 
likewise they were fortified and received their relief, which he had 
twice carried them. 

Upon this intelligence, I met the Party coming home, and dis- 
missing about a hundred to their plantations (which wanted them) 
I shipped the rest under the same command, on board the Indian, 
and went myself with them for the better carrying on and expediting 
the business. 

The 24 of October we set sail from Cagway Point, and the thirty 
stood over against the place. Early in the morning we spied a Sail 
from Ciiba running into the place we were bound for, who had come 
with relief, but told them he could not unlade himself because 
he saw Ships at Sea. Our Party landed Six miles below the place 
intended, there being no place nearer, and maroht on ; who ere they 
had marched Two miles, were saluted with a round Volley out of a 
wood, at which ours, prepared for before by their Orders, never 
made stand, but fired in boldly at the Ambuscade, in which the 
Enemy had Four wounded, we One ; the Captain with the rest 
made hast to their Port, and ours so fast after them, that onely the 
Captain and Four of the forty could get in. 

Our Party found them very well prepared with Matches lighted 
in the Stookadoes (for that is the manner of their fortification, with 
great Trees and Flankers) ours leaving a Third for a reserve, without 
any gradual approaches, presently ran up to their Work, and with 
their Musquets possest as much advantage, as the Enemy (the 
Work being not at all Lined) between whom for the Space of near 
Three quarters of an hour was a stiff dispute, till some of ours with 
the help of Hatchets (which they were ordered to carry) made a 
Breach and entred ; as soon as the Enemy saw that, they betook 
themselves to run over the Bocks, leaping into the Sea, and shifting 
for themselves (though the Officers endeavoured to rally them) yet 
made not such hast, but that they left One hundred and twenty. 

ST. ANN 283 

or thereabouts dead on the place, and many wounded, amongst 
whom were most of the Officers ; the Mastre del Campe Don Francis 
De Prencia, by means of a Prisoner of ours, whom he kept by him, 
got quarter, and some others whom we found in the Rooks whom 
(though we had received barbarous usage from them) we could not 
kill in cold blood. 

We took here Thirty-three barrels of Powder, with Match and 
Bullet proportionable, and good Store of Bread and Salt, and like- 
wise their Musters, their Commissaries book ; which Powder, and 
what we took before from the Governour, within less than Two 
Barrels did ballance the Commissaries Accompt, so that they were 
wholly deprived of that. And that which did more indear our 
Success ; we had onely Pour men killed, and about Ten wounded, 
some whereof I have sent home, and humbly and earnestly desire 
they may be provided for. 

After I had refresht the men, I put them aboard again, and 
with small Parties in several little Boats, Scoured all the Coast, 
and left them that fled neither Boats nor time to get away ; since 
which time some are come in to us almost starved. The Negroes 
formerly their Slaves, using them roughly, and denying them 
Provisions, so that I saw a Letter from Don Francis de Liva, the 
Deputy-Governor, to one of his former Slaves, wofully bemoaning 
the condition of his Majesties Infantry, and giving him the title 
of Worship at every word ; to such a necessity are they reduced, 
and we have not been idle to pursue them in all quarters, though 
we now lie still for want of Shooes, if there should any more of the 
Enemy come, which we have reason to expect ; for that I find by 
Letters, that the Governour of Cuba Don Peter deBayonaheingaji old 
Souldier in Italy, doth not onely heartiliesoliciteit, but makes a great 
benefit by it, having received money from the Vice Roy, for the 
payment of Three Moneths to the Souldiers, according to their 
Kings express command, whereof they never received any ; and 
since that, hath received Twenty thousand pieces of Eight from the 
Vice Boy for levying more men. I shall not fail in my endeavours to 
prepare for their coming, and doubt not, but that the King of Spains 
lessening his Garrisons, may in time produce good effect to our 

I have sent the Mastre del Campe, the Colours, some Paper and 
Letters ; he is the onely man hereabouts, and hath chiefly advised 
in this relief, and therefore I hope shall not be released till we are 
better settled. I had almost forgot to acquaint your Honour 
that the enemy at their first coming, sent a Lieutenant and two more, 
to scatter Papers amongst our Souldiers signifying that who would 
come to them, should have fair quarter and transport ; who being 
met withall by some of ovu" Hunters, were all kil'd, and so that hopeful ] 
design of theirs had no effect : And that the Governour of Porto 
Rico, having set One hundred men to demand some English, living in 
new Turtola, a Coloney of the Dutch, being refused to have them 


delivered up, was in his return cast away by the Hericane, one onely 
Mulatto escaped. The King of Spains Afiairs do very much fail in 
these parts, and his Trade is almost brought to nothing, by the many 
private Men of War of English and French and ours are still abroad 
to annoy them. 

All I have more is, onely to intreat your Honour, and all our 
Friends with us, to magnifie the goodness of God, who hath given yett 
by his glimmering, some hopes, that he altogether hath not for- 
gotten us, but doth, and will at length continue to own his Servants. 
who trust in him, and to subscribe myself. 

Your most Obedient and 

Faithfull Servant, 

Cagway, Feb. 3, 1657. Edwabd Dotley. 

In spite of the fact that Doyley felt aggrieved at having 
been twice superseded by Cromwell in miHtary command 
(by Sedgwick and by Brayne, both avowed followers of 
Cromwell) and at not being appointed actual governor, 
and showed his resentment by asking to be allowed to 
return home, he loyally did his best for the infant colony 
which fate had more than once entrusted to his care ; and 
it was owing to the wise and prompt methods he pursued 
that the last serious attempt made by the Spaniards to 
retake Jamaica was frustrated. 

In the May of 1658, Spanish reinforcements of troops 
from Spain, consisting of thirty small companies making 
in all about one thousand men, landed at the mouth of 
the Rio Novo in St. Mary, where they erected a fort of 
some strength on a rocky eminence near the sea and not 
far from the west bank of the river. 

The account of the occurrence given by Long, which is 
rehed on by later historians, is taken from the letter which 
Doyley sent home ; and it is better, therefore, to give the 
description in Doyley's own words, which, though not 
printed in the " Calendar of State Papers," are given by 
Thurloe : 

Right Honourable, 

The 8th of May last the Spaniards made good my intelligence to 
your honour, by landing thirty captaines, thirty alferes, and thirty 
companyes of foote, at a place called Rio Nova, in the north 
of this island, who were there about 12 days, before they were 
discovered ; at which tyme our ships playing up and downe, saw 
three sayle of Spanish in that bay, and made an attempt to have 



boarded them ; but being becalmed could not effect it. That night 
the Spaniards stole away, and a ship came out to acquaint me there- 
with. I immediately called a counsell of warr, as the affair did 
importune ; and we debated, whether it were most advantageous 
to assault them presently, or let them partake of the distemper and 
want of the country ; and when sickness had weakened them, to 
attempt them then, though much might have beene and was urged, 
how invaders were to be used with delayes, &c., the exceeding desire 
of theofl&cers and soldiers to be doing with them, cut of all debates, 
and termed a sudden resolution to fall on them, before they were 
fortified ; so I comanded out 750 officers and souldiers ; and on 
the 11th of June last, wee set sayle from this harboiu- towards them, 
and on the 22d in the morning wee attempted the landing on a bay, 


which was defended by 2 companies and 2 captains within half 
shott of their cannon playing from their fort. Our forelorne weHt on 
with such gallantry, and kept into the water with so much chearfull- 
ness, that perswaded the enemy they would not be denyed entrance, 
and so they ranne, leaving one of their captaines and about 23 
slaine; the other were took wounded, who dyed since. Then 
we made all the hast, and in a hour landed our men, their cannon 
playing all the while with little suocesse. That day we spent in 
playing upon their fort from our ships, though the place being of so 
vast an height, they could bear to doe them little harme. The 
next day understanding their numbers to be more than ours, we 
were at a stand how to attempt them, having fortified themselves 
and having 6 pieces of ordnance, and a river to passe, the depth 
whereof we knew not. Wherefore after our ladders were made, 
and other things fitted as well as we could, in the evening I sent a 
drummer, partly to discover the depth of the river he was to passe, 
with this summons : 


Sir, being here with the forces of the mighty prince, the 
protector of England and the dominions thereunto belonging, 
I doe, in his name and for his use, require and summon you to 
deliver up the fort of Rio Novo, with the ordnance and amuni- 
tion therein ; assuring you honourable termes and transport to 
your country ; which, if you shall refuse, I shall be acquitted 
of the bloud shall be shed. I expect the returne of my drummer 
in an hower, and am, 

Yom' very humble servant, 

E. D. 
Eor Don Christopher Arno]do Sasi, 

Commander in chiefe of the Spanish Forces. 

Who was very civilly treated ; the generall gave him twenty-five 
pieces of eight, and sent me a jarr of sweate meates, and this answere : 

Lord general) don Christopher Arnoldo & Sasi, Governor for his 
majestie the king of Spayne, my lord of the island of Jamaica, 
answering to your letter, wherein you require me to deliver the fort 
of Bio nova, and what else is therein, I say, that his majestie, whom 
God preserve, hath appointed me for governor of this island, being 
his owne property, and hath remitted me unto it a regiment of 
Spanish infantry, and twenty foote companies to defend it. The 
forts and castles of his majestie are not yielded with so muohfaoility 
hitherto. I have received noe batteries, nor have you made any 
advance. I want noe powder, ball, provisions, nor gallant men, that 
know how to dye before they be overcome. God keepe your honour 
many years in those commands that you desire. 

Don Christopher Sasi Arnoldo. 

To the generall Mons. Doyley, 
governor of the forces of England, these. 

Wee made noe more demurrs, but resolved to march the morrow 
morning : soe I ordered two of our vessels to set sayle leeward, 
to perswade them. We intended to stand on that side of them ; 
the other ships to warpe as neere as they could, and play in them, 
while wee fell on the other side. Wee marcht as so'on as it was 
light, haveing two arches to goe being through a wood on the back side 
of them. About a quarter of a mile from their fort wee mett a party 
on a worke on a high hill, prepared to obstruct our goeing over the 
river, who onely gave us a fruitless volley, rann to their fort, and told 
them all the world was comeing. Wee clymed that hill with much 
adoe, refreshed our weariness and advanced. When wee came 
in sight of their fort, we found, to our exceeding joy, that the work 
on that side was not finished to that height, as that to the leeward. 
Wee ordered our business with our forlorne ladders and hand- 
granades, and without any further dispute received their shott, 
and rann up to their flankers, which in a quarter of an hower wee 
gained. Many of them made shift to runn out of the works, and ours 

ST. ANN 287 

followed their chase about three or four miles, doeing execution. 
The seamen likewise seeing of them rumi along the rocks, came 
out with their boats, and killed many of them. 

In this fort, wee took about ten double barrels of powder, shott 
great store, six peices of ordnance, great store of provisions, wyne, 
brandy, salt, oyle, and other provisions for eight months, as they 
termed it. There was slayne about three hundred persons, diverse 
captaines, two priests, and their serjeant-major, about one hundred 
taken, and six captaines, which we have sent home ; the king 
of Spayn's standard and ten collours. The rest, especially the 
strangers, that are in the woods, must of necessity perish. Though 
this mercy was very great, yet our joy had some abatement, by the 
losse of capt. Wiseman, capt. Meers, capt. lieutenant Walker, capt. 
lieutenant Robinson, and ensign Ferror, men for their gallantry 
rather to be admired than oomended, about some twenty-three 
private souldiers killed, and thirty-f ower wounded, whereof some are 
since dead ; some other of our officers slightly wounded with stones. 
Thus hath the Lord made knowne his salvation. His righteousness 
hath He openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. I have sent 
this short narration, because it comes by colonell Barry, who was 
an eye witness, and principal actor herein, and rest 

Your honour's faithful servant, 

Edw. Doyley. 

Cagway in Jamaica the 12 July, 1658. 

To the Colonel Barry, the first name mentioned in the 
list of Doyley's first Council elected in 1661, reference has 
been made in the chapter deahng with Kingston. 

In this action we can imagine that the soldiers played 
their part. WilUam Burough, the steward-general, wrote 
home on July 15, 1659: "The ships in his Highness's 
service here are the Marston Moor, Grantham, Cagway, 
Blackmore, Hector, Pearl and Dolphin, with upwards of 
650 men all in good health. Three were slain in their 
late expedition to Rio Novo. Their stay aboard was near 
six weeks, the soldiers about 700, who made a great hole 
in the stores." 

On the 16th he wrote : 

This comes by the Martin to communicate our good news which 
he desires may be kept from the press well knowing the Commander- 
in-Chief sends a fuller account. Several letters of private persons 
here have been inserted in the weekly prints " which is judged to be 
popularity and a matter of great offence here." Has seen a great 
deal of bloody work in his time both by land and sea, but never 
saw any action carried on with so much cheerfulness as this was, the 


Commander-in-Chief, Colonel D'Oyley, telling the soldiers that a 
great deal of England's glory lay at stake, and therefore hoped they 
would consider it and carry themselves accordingly, going himself 
from party to party, and following the rear of the forlorn in a 
very signal habit. His gallant behaviour was answered both by 
officers and soldiers with a silent cheerful obedience, and through 
God's gracious goodness there was found such a joint unanimous 
willingness to the work that the truth is it was of God and it hath 
exceedingly endeared us one to another since we came here. 

Doyley evidently had difficulty in beating round Port 
Morant, for he mentions incidentally (on another occasion) 
that the Nevis settlers there quartered 400 men for a week 
en route. 

Among those who took part in the expedition was 
Captain Sibada, who had joined Penn's fleet from Antigua, 
and acted as pilot of the flagship. 

The army evidently had to do its work on short commons. 
Burough wrote home in November : " Stores almost spent, 
occasioned by entertainment of soldiers on board the fleets 
in two expeditions, one to Rio Nuevo with 700 men, equal 
to the number of the fleet for six weeks, and 300 men 
in the late expedition to find out the Spanish fleet, ten weeks. 
If they had not pinched the army the fleet and garrison 
on the island must have been starved." 

Hickeringill tells us that Doyley at Rio Novo made 
amends for the loss of British honour at Hispaniola : 

to whom our Nation in some measures stands indebted for the 
Reprizal of the Honour at Rio Novo which was so shamefully Lost 
under the Debauch'd conduct of General Venables in Hispaniola : 
the Spaniards till then having so mean and despicable Thoughts of 
English Courage, that upon the Onset at Rio Novo they upbraided 
our Men with the opprobrious mention of Sancto Domingo, till the 
repeated Assay of their Valour, disicplin'd them into better manners. 

For though the number of the Spanish Forces at Rio Novo doubled 
the English (being sent from Cuba to reinforce and settle the Island) 
and those strongly Entrenched, yet such was the enraged earnestness 
of the Soldiery to redeem their wounded Honours, that (regardless 
of all odds and disadvantages) they storm'd them in their Trenches 
with a resolution as undaunted as the success was prosperous. 
Hereby not only retrieving the Prestine Fame of their Country -men ; 
but also hitherto frustrating all hopes in the Spaniards of further 
Attempts to regain the Island. 

ST. ANN 289 

Sir Hans Sloane, in his account of his visit to the north' 
side of Jamaica in 1688, says : " I went from St. Anns 
towards St. Georges, where I crossed the river called Eio 
Nuevo. I saw the old Spanish Fortifications, whither the 
Spaniards retreated and kept themselves tUl they were 
carried to Cuba, where they, for the most part, settled 
about a place called St. Jago. Colonel Ballard, who was 
present at the taking of the Island, assured me that the 
Spaniards (who inhabited the Island to the number of 
Five thousand, with as many Blacks) retired to the North- 
side, where Seven hundred fortiiied themselves very well, 
but were beat in their Forts by so many English. The 
Governour was an old decrepid Man, who was brought to 
them in an Hamaca, his name was Don Juan Ramires de 
Arellano Gavalero del Habito de S. Jago. They held it 
out in this North-side for some time." 

In the beginning of the year 1660, Long tells us, Doyley 
was informed by the friendly negroes that his old opponent 
Sasi, unwilling to resign his pretensions to the government 
so long as he could maintain the least party or show of 
authority, was lying perdu on the north side of the island. 
Doyley ordered out a detachment under the command of 
Lieutenant-Colonel Tyson, consisting of eighty officers and 
soldiers, and twenty-one of the revolted Spanish blacks ; 
which, after a tedious march across the mountains, found 
Sasi in a swampy place, now part of Shaw Park, with 
one hundred and thirty-three men. Sasi himself was then 
old and infirm, but his second in command was an ex- 
perienced soldier, who had served in Spain and had en- 
gaged in this new service in consideration of double pay, 
and a promise of succeeding to the chief command after 
the governor's death. 

The Enghsh advanced upon them with intrepdity, and 
at the first onset the Spanish lieutenant-general received 
a lance- wound, of which he died in two hours. On the 
loss of this able leader, upon whom all their hopes had been 
fixed, the whole of the little army was panic-stricken. 
Sasi was one of the first to retreat, and " ran so nimbly 
as to save himself from being taken." Several, however, 


were made prisoners, and about fifty officers and soldiers 
slain on the part of the Spaniards, without any loss to the 
victorious side. The negroes were extremely active and 
dexterous in catching the fugitives. Long goes on to say : 

The unfortimate old Governor, being now reduced to the last 
extremity, and studious only for the preservation of life, sent 
commissioners to treat on his behalf ; and was permitted to retire 
to Cuba. 

After this exploit the English proceeded to Chereiras Bay, where 
a vessel lay at anchor, which the Spaniards had formerly taken 
and employed to bring them monthly supplies of provision from 
Cuba, such as oassada-bread, sweet-meats, chocolate and other 
conveniences. The better to secm^e her from being surprised they 
kept several scouts at some distance from the shore, to reconnoitre 
the country, and give the alarm upon the approach of any enemy. 
Colonel Tyson had intelligence of this caution ; and disposing his 
men on different ambuscades, found means to secine all the scouts 
one after another ; after which he concerted his measures so well as 
to make himself master of the vessel, on board of which he found 
twenty officers and soldiers, who were all taken prisoners. 

The few remaining Spaniards who had eluded the search of the 
English forces, embraced the first convenient opportunity of 
making their escape from the Island, leaving about thirty of their 
negro slaves behind, who secreted themselves in the mountains and 
afterwards entered into alliance with other unsubdued banditti. 

It is to be regretted that Tyson, who acquitted himself 
so nobly on this occasion, shortly afterwards gave occasion 
to Doyley to have him shot, as has been described in the 
chapter deahng with St. Catherine. 

In his account Bridges says that " The British troops 
pursued him [Sasi] to a little bay about eight miles to the 
westward of the ruins of Seville ; thence he escaped in a 
Canoe and ended his days in the bosom of peace and 
Christianity, by retiring to a monastery in Spain." The 
spot from whence he embarked still retains the name of 
Runaway Bay. 

In Modyford's " View " of 1664 there is no reference to 
St. Ann. It first appears in the same governor's " Survey " 
of 1670 ; the other new parishes being St. George, St. Mary, 
St. Ehzabeth and St. James. 

The parish is said to have been named after Anne Hyde, 

ST. ANN 291 

wife of James Duke of York. If. Roby is right in this, 
the correct spelling of the name of the parish would be 
St. Anne, as indeed Long and others spell it. 

Not more than a mile to the west of St. Ann's Bay is the 
site of the first capital of the island, Sevilla Nueva, or 
" Sevilla d'Oro," as it was afterwards called. This town 
was founded by Juan d'Esquivel, the first Spanish governor 
of Jamaica, he having been commissioned and sent over 
by Diego Columbus (Christopher's son), the hereditary 
viceroy of the New World, to estabhsh a colony there. 
Esquivel arrived in Jamaica in November 1509, accom- 
panied by a number of the viceroy's friends. " Bringing 
with them the refinements of taste and the means of dis- 
playing it, they assisted in the foundation of Sevilla Nueva, 
whose fame long attested its superiority over every other 
town which has since been built here." The town con- 
tained many buildings worthy of note, amongst which 
were a monastery, a cathedral, a theatre and many palaces. 
Sevilla did not long, however, continue the capital, having 
been abandoned for St. Jago de la Vega. The reason for 
the change is not quite agreed upon ; some say that it was 
owing to the Spanish inhabitants of Sevilla having in their 
wars with the natives been suddenly and entirely cut off, 
and others assigned the desertion to "a visitation of 
innumerable ants " that destroyed all the provision grounds 
of the people and compelled them to find a home elsewhere. 
Bridges, however, attributes the abandonment to the 
depredations of the French fiUbusters, and states that 
" the northern coast of Jamaica afforded frequent spoils 
to this bold band of corsairs." 

No property in Jamaica has perhaps been handed down 
in the same family for so many years as Cardiff Hall, 
The first Blagrove to settle in Jamaica was a regicide. 
Land in St. Ann was early taken up — about 1665 ; and 
before the middle of the eighteenth century Cardiff Hal] 
was a place of note. The earhest patent of land to a 
Blagrove of which a record has been discovered is to 
John Blagrove of 700 acres in St. James in 1689. On 
Orange Valley, near to Cardiff Hall, in the possession of the 


same owner, are the remains of a so-called Spanish resi- 
dence ; and, going further back, on " big pasture " is 
a series of Arawak kitchen-middens of the usual type, 
from which a small modelled human head of greater 
naturalistic treatment than is usually met with was 
excavated in April 1914. Other middens are near this 
series, indicating a thick population in aboriginal times. 
It is conceivable that the residents were amongst the 
first to welcome Columbus on his landing at Dry Har- 
bour, a few miles off. The present building of Cardiff 
Hall, which possesses more architectural features than 
most houses in the colony, of which the fine old mahogany 
staircase is not the least noticeable, probably dates from 
the middle of the eighteenth century. It displays details 
of a Renaissance character, such as a line of columns in the 
entrance hall, a three-light window in what was evidently 
the drawing room upstairs, and an ornamentation over the 
doorways dating from about the closing years of the century. 
The hospital and other buildings are also of a character 
superior to those usually met with. The first named has 
Corinthian pilasters of considerable beauty. Guns, too, 
that formerly protected the property from buccaneers, 
are still in situ. In front of the house is a vaulted chamber, 
half dug out of the rock, which is said to have been designed 
as a place of refuge in case of hurricane. It measures some 
7 feet by 20 feet, and is 10 feet high, with walls some 2 feet 
thick. The house attracted the attention of Hakewill, 
who included it in his " Picturesque Tour " (1825), the 
drawings of which were made in 1820-1. 

John Blagrove, who was proprietor shortly before 
Hakewill visited the island, was born at Cardiff Hall, but 
was sent, like the majority of planters' sons in those days, 
at an early age to England. He received his education 
at Eton, and afterwards passed a considerable time in 
travelling. On his return to Jamaica he occasionally took 
an active part in the discussions which occurred in the 
House of Assembly, to which he was returned by his native 
parish, St. Ann, in 1787. The only member of the family 
to sit in the Assembly before him was his father, Thomas 

ST. ANN 293 

Blagrove, who had represented Hanover in 1755. He 
(Thomas Blagrove) died in that year, when only 21 years 
of age, leaving a widow and one son. He was buried 
at Maggotty. 

During the Maroon war John Blagrove was most actively 
engaged, and shared in its privations and dangers. He, 
Hakewill tells us, bestowed the greatest attention to im- 
provement of the breed of cattle on his several pens. He 
imported into the island some of the best-bred horses 
England ever produced, and his liberality and public spirit 
were rewarded by the high price which his stock, particularly 
his horses, always commanded. He was a successful 
competitor on many occasions for the cup given at the 
races held in the parish of St. Ann ; in fact, his horses for 
the most part beat the whole field. The Blagrove stables 
were successful in other races as well. On the flat land by 
Runaway Bay the memory of the old private racecourses 
on which the horses were trained is still preserved in the 
names of three pastures. In Palache's " Jamaica Stud 
Book " John Blagrove is recorded as having imported for 
racing purposes Lurcher, a bay colt, bred in 1789, and 
Buzzard, imported in 1809. For many years previous to 
his decease John Blagrove was resident in England. He died 
at Great Abshot, near Titchfield, in Hampshire, in 1824. 

At this period, when the whole system of colonial slavery 
was being severely criticized, Blagrove was always con- 
sidered by his slaves as a most kind and humane master. 
His will states : 

And, lastly, to my loving people, denominated and recognized 
by Law as, and being in fact my slaves in Jamaica, but more esti- 
mated and considered by me and my family as tenants for life 
attached to the soil, I bequeath a dollar for every man, woman and 
child, as a small token of my regard for their faithful and affectionate 
service and willing labours to myself and family, being reciprocally 
bound in one general tie of master and servant in the prosperity 
of the land, from which we draw our mutual comforts and subsistence 
in our several relations (a tie and interest not practised on by the 
hired labourer of the day in the United Kingdom), the contrary of 
which doctrine is held only by the visionists of the puritanical order 
against the common feeling of mankind. 

Henry John Blagrove sat for St. Ann for a short time 


in the middle of the nineteenth century. In the library 
of the Institute of Jamaica, which inherited the library 
of the House of Assembly, is a series of twenty-five bound 
volumes of the " St. Jago de la Vega Gazette," ranging from 
1791 to 1840, " presented to the Library of the Hon. House 
of Assembly of Jamaica by Henry John Blagrove, .Esq. 
Representative in Assembly for the Parish of St. Ann. 
1851." He soon afterwards left the colony, never to return. 
The view by Hake will is " taken from the great interior 
road, and represents, seen through the pimento grove, 
the south or entrance front of the house. On the right 
is the barbecue or plaister floor, on which the pimento 


is spread out to dry. The excellence of the house, the 
dehghtful variety of the grounds and the contiguity of 
the sea, render CardifE HaU one of the most desirable 
residences in the island of Jamaica." 

A sketch of a photograph taken recently from the same 
point of view is shown on this page. 

Near the house is a private burial-ground with five 
tombs. Three are unnamed ; of the other two one is in- 
scribed as follows : 

Here lyeth the body of Thomas Williams, Esqr., who departed 
this life the 7th of Jvme, 1746, aged 66 years. 

Here lyeth the body of Mary Williams, who departed this life 
on April 14, 1753, aged. . . . 

The arms are those ■ of the Williams of Herringstone, 
county Dorset. Argent a greyhound courant in fess 
between three Cornish choughs proper, a border engrailed 

ST. ANN 295 

gules charged with crosses pattee or and bezants alternately. 
Crest, a man's arm couped at the elbow, habited sable 
charged with a cross pattee or the hand proper holding 
an oak branch vert, fructified gold. Neither the motto, 
Nil Solidum, nor the tinctures are given. The second tomb 
is inscribed : 

In the memory of Peter Blagrove, Esq., son of John Blagrove, 
Esquire, and Ann, his wife. Born at Cardiff Hall in this parish, 
21st May, 1789, and died there 10th August, 1812. 

The wife's name was Shakespeare. 

The following account of this Peter Blagrove is taken 
from the " Jamaica Magazine " for 1812. 

At Orange-Valley Pen, in St. Ann's, on the 9th inst., aged 24 years, 
Peter Blagrove, Esq., third son of John Blagrove, of Cardiff Hall. 
In spite of the best medical skill and experience, he fell on the 
eighth day a virtim to one of those insidious fevers so fatal to 
many young men from Europe. Detained with an elder brother 
in Prance, which he visited after the peace of 1802, for the purpose 
of gaining a knowledge of mankind, he endured, for seven years, 
an exile from his family and friends — ^which as it was inflicted 
on himself, and his unoffending countrymen, during a profound 
peace, will continue to stamp with infamy the despot and govern- 
ment that sanctioned it as long as the laws of nature and nations 
shall be understood. Impelled by his attachment to liberty and his 
country, he adopted the disguise of one of the meanest of the Prenoh 
peasants to effect his escape ; and with a perseverance the most 
extraordinary, he encountered scenes and hardships to which his 
earlier years were not accustomed. Unappalled by the danger of 
the attempt such were the vigour of his mind and his resources, 
amidst the hazard of hourly detection, that for many months he 
eluded the vigilance of the most active police, employed by any 
barbarian ; and, having traversed the greater parts of France, 
Switzerland and Germany he reached Trieste in safety, and soon 
after repaired to his native country. 

Amongst evil-doers mentioned in Jamaica history, 
Lewis Hutchinson of Edinburgh Castle holds a high place. 
Some of the accounts of him are based on that given by 
Bridges in his " Annals of Jamaica " ; others, more fan- 
tastical, on the imagination of their writers. But the 
following account taken down in 1897 by Miss A. E. Cork, 
from her greal^aunt Miss Potenger, kindly contributed 


by the late Miss Robinson, of Trafalgar, St. Ann, is based 
on better tradition, and is more likely to be correct. Miss 
Cork is great-great-grand- daughter of Dr. Hutton, men- 
tioned in the narrative. 

" About the year 1768 there lived at Edinburgh Castle, 
in the Pedro district of St. Ann, Jamaica, a desperado 
called Lewis Hutchinson. He owned the property on which 
he lived, and was said to have been a man of some education, 
but he was the terror of the neighbourhood, and it was not 
infrequent for a white man to disappear mysteriously, 
and it would then be said that Hutchinson had made away 
with him by shooting him as he passed the ' Castle,' which 
was furnished with loopholes and overlooked the road. 
But these stories were hard to verify, and such was the 
unsettled and lawless state of the Island in those days that 
people preferred to leave Hutchinson alone, rather than 
attempt to have him arrested. 

" A few miles from Edinburgh Castle was Hutton 
Bonvil, or Bonneville Pen, as it is now called, which, with 
Lebanon Pen, adjoining, belonged to Dr. Jonathan Hutton, 
an Englishman. Dr. Hutton was a retired naval doctor, 
and also owned property in Lincolnshire, his native county. 
He spent his time between England and Jamaica, sometimes 
remaining in the latter place a year or two at a time. 

" During one of these visits he got into a dispute with 
the redoubtable Hutchinson about a boundary-line between 
their properties, Hutchinson claiming some portion of land 
which Dr. Hutton asserted was his own. This caused 
great bitterness of feeling on Hutchinson's part towards 
Dr. Hutton ; and one evening as the doctor, who was 
colonel of militia for the parish of St. Ann, was riding home 
from muster at Moneague with his black servant man 
following on foot, carrying his sabre and other accoutre- 
ments, Hutchinson overtook the man and took away the 
sabre from him, saying, ' You can give my compliments 
to Dr. Hutton and tell him I have got his sabre.' Dr. 
Hutton appeared to have taken no notice of this. Some 
months later Dr. Hutton made arrangements to go to 
England. His wife and one of his children — a little girl 

ST. ANN 297 

of about eight years of age — were in Jamaica with him, 
and Mrs. Hutton went to the adjoining parish of Clarendon 
on a visit, intending to meet her husband in Kingston, 
and return with him to England. The little girl, Mary 
Hutton, was left with her father at Bonneville ; and Dr. 
Hutton set out one morning on horseback on his journey 
to Kingston, little Mary being carried by one of his servants 
in attendance before him on horseback. 

" Dr. Hutton intended to pursue the route now usually 
taken from Pedro through Moneague and St. Thomas- 
ye-Vale to Spanish Town, and on to Kingston ; with this 
exception that the public road from Pedro to Moneague 
in those days lay across the hill from Grier Park, where 
they were met by Hutchinson and a following of his slaves. 
He rode up to Dr. Hutton, who was unarmed, and attacked 
him fiercely, the weapon he used being Dr. Hutton's own 
sabre which he had stolen. He struck the doctor such a 
severe blow on the head with this sabre that the latter fell 
senseless from his horse. Hutchinson made off ivith his 
servants, and Dr. Hutton's terrified servants carried him 
back to Bonneville, where he stayed for a few days until 
he partially recovered, when, without venturing to travel 
by the same road he had at first intended to take, his 
servants took him across the hills to join his wife in 
Clarendon and they and their little girl went on to Kingston 
together. Dr. Hutton laid information there about 
Hutchinson ; but as he was unable through the cruel blow 
he had received to remain in the Island to prosecute the 
matter, no steps appeared to have been taken. Dr. Hutton 
proceeded to England still suffering much from the wound 
in his head, and when he got there had to undergo the 
operation of trepanning, and wore a silver plate in his head 
until the day of his death. Dr. Hutton remained in England 
for about a year or more, and on his return to Jamaica 
tried to get Hutchinson arrested ; but such was the terror 
he inspired, that the doctor found it hard to get anyone 
to take the warrant. At last a white soldier named 
Callender agreed to go, and with some others proceeded to 
Edinburgh Castle. As soon as Hutchinson found what 


was their errand, he fired at Callander and shot him dead 
on the spot. The others fled, and Hutchinson was again 
left unmolested for a short while. But this crime com- 
mitted before white witnesses could never be passed over, 
and a strong body was sent to arrest him for the murder 
of Callender. He was overpowered and taken to Spanish 
Town jail. The castle was searched and forty-three 
watches were said to have been found there, besides 
quantities of clothing and many other articles, showing 
that Hutchinson had committed most, if not all, of the 
murders with which he was popularly credited. His 
unfortunate slaves, to whom, as may be supposed, he had 
been friendly, came now gladly and told all that they knew 
about his proceedings, and showed what he used to do 
with the bodies of his victims, which had hitherto been a 

" Not far from Edinburgh Castle House, in a small wood, 
was a sink-hole with a large mouth and supposed to be 
bottomless. To this sink-hole the bodies of Hutchinson's 
victims were carried by the slaves on a plank in the dead 
of night, and one edge being placed at the edge of the hole, 
the other was raised and the body shot down never to be 
seen again by human eyes. Many of his victims were 
persons against whom he had no grudge, and murder was 
evidently a mania with the wretched man. Edinburgh 
Castle overlooked the road, and it was Hutchinson's playful 
little practice to stand at one of the loopholes and fire 
at any solitary white traveller who might be passing. 
As he was a dead shot they never lived to tell the tale. 
His negroes would then bring the body to the house, where 
after being rifled of whatever valuables might be on it, 
it was kept until night and then disposed of in the manner 
already stated. It was said by these slaves that once a 
young man — a stranger to his reputation — being ill in the 
road, called up and asked for hospitality, which was at once 
accorded to him ; Hutchinson showing him every kindness 
and administering remedies kept him for some time until 
the young man was able to proceed on his journey. 
Hutchinson then took his station at his loophole, and as 

ST. ANN 299 

the young man turned into the road, shot him dead and 
disposed of his body as usual. Many such tales were related 
by the slaves, but a coloured person's evidence was not 
admitted in those days ; and so Hutchinson was tried, 
convicted and hanged for the murder of Callender only. 

" This story of Hutchinson and his crimes and connec- 
tions has been variously told. In Mr. Bridges' ' Annals 
of Jamaica,' another version will be found. This was 
owing to Mr. Bridges having sent for an old Bonneville 
slave and obtaining from him the story as it was current 
among slaves. But as I have told it, I think it is fairly 
correct, allowing for the lapse of years. The Uttle Mary 
Hutton — who was an eye-witness of Hutchinson's attack 
on her father, married in England, and was Mrs. Potenger 
— lived afterwards at Bonneville for many years. One of 
her daughters was my grandmother, and from my late 
great-aunt. Miss Elizabeth Potenger, another of her 
daughters, I have often heard the story related to her by 
her mother. 

" Annie E. Cork. 
" Great-great-grand-daughter of Dr. Hutton. 
"December 1897." 

George Wilson Bridges was rector of St. Ann from 1823 
till 1837, when, on losing four daughters by a boating 
accident in St. Aim's Bay, he left Jamaica never to return. 
In his story he appears to have confused Callender with 
Dr. Hutton, and makes him manager of a neighbouring 
property. The statement in the account given above, 
that Hutchinson was " overpowered and taken to Spanish 
Town jail " is incorrect. Hutchinson, when he saw that 
tjie authorities were determined to arrest him, escaped 
south to Old Harbour and put out to sea in an open boat, 
where he was captured by one of Rodney's officers, acting 
under his directions. He was hanged in Spanish Town 
on March 16, 1773. 

Bridges states that Hutchinson left a hundred pounds 
to erect a monument to his memory, and that he (Bridges) 
saw the following autograph writing : 


Lewis Hutchinson — hanged in Spanish Town, Jamaica, on the 
sixteenth morning of March, in the year of his Lord one thousand 
seven hundred and seventy-three. — Aged forty years. 

Their sentence, pride, and malice, I defy ; 
Despise their power, and, like a Roman, die. 

Of his life little is known. In the St. Ann Vestry Eecords 
(February 5, 1768) his name appears on the jury Hst for 
the parish. In 1771 he was called upon to supply slave 
labour for mending the road passing Edinburgh Castle to 
Pedro River. In 1773 the " Estate of Lewis Hutchinson " 
was returned at twenty-four slaves and ninety-three head 
of stock ; but it does not appear whether he had heirs 
or whether it went to the Government. 

On December 2, 1773, the House of Assembly resolved : 
" That the thanks of the House be given to Sir George 
Brydges Rodney, baronet, rear-admiral of Great Britain, 
vice-admiral of the red, and commander-in-chief of His 
Majesty's squadron on this station, for the essential service 
rendered to this Island by his ready and effectual assistance 
of the civil power, at the instance of his Majesty's Attorney- 
General, in apprehending Lewis Hutchinson, since executed 
for murder, and that Mr. Speaker do transmit the same to 
the Admiral, in the most acceptable manner." 

And it was further resolved : " That as a testimony of 
the approbation of the House, respecting the behaviour 
of Mr. George TurnbuU (an officer in his Majesty's Navy, 
employed by the Admiral to take and secure the said Lewis 
Hutchinson), and of the spirit and address with which he 
executed that charge, the Receiver-General to pay to the said 
Mr. George Turnbull, or his order, the sum of £50 sterhng, 
to be laid out in the purchase of a gold-hilted sword ; and 
this or any future assembly will make the same good ; and 
that the admiral be desired to signify, to the proper de- 
partment of state, the sense the House entertains of Mr. 
TurnbuU's merit on that occasion." An account — basing 
his undoing on a quarrel with a neighbour named CaUender 
over a jackass — is given in the " Columbian Magazine " for 
June 1797, published in Kingston. 

The ruins of Edinburgh Castle still stand on a rising 

ST. ANN 301 

piece of ground near the main road, which it commands, 
running from St. Ann's Bay to the south side of the island. 
It was a small two-storeyed rectangular building with two 
loopholed towers, circular in plan, at diagonally opposite 
corners. A doorway was at one side of the front angle, 
and another at the side to the east near the front tower. 
There are evidences of there having been a fireplace on 
each story of the front tower, and of a series of spiral steps 
in the back tower. The adjacent ruins to the west are 
said to mark the site of the slave quarters. 

•Mr. R. r. Perkins, who went down the sink-hole some 
years ago, wrote as follows : 

" Sir Henry Blake with two or three others, I among 
the number, went down it. It is 265 feet deep from its 
edge to the point where a stone dropped down would first 
strike, and it slopes down for another ten feet or so, where 
it stops. The ground around the top of the hole slopes 
rapidly down to its edge, and the bottom is wider than the 
top ; the sides of the hole are of nearly vertical rock. 

"All this refers to the hole known as 'Hutchinson's Hole,' 
which local tradition coimects with the murderer. Hundreds 
of people have visited the place and rolled down stones, 
so it is possible that any remains might well have been 
covered. We did not find~a vestige of anything connected 
with the atrocities. From more recent investigations I 
beUeve that ' Hutchinson's Hole ' is not the hole at all. 
It is about a quarter of a mile away from the castle, to 
the south ; and there is another far less formidable one 
quite close, that, I should not be surprised to find, has some 
hidden entrance from the castle." 
Sir Henry Blake wrote as follows : 

I had, of course, heard the accounts of the various murders com- 
mitted by the notorious Hutchinson, and I determined to ascertain 
the depth and details of the cave, which is in limestone formation, 
andtoseeif anyremainsof bones,arms,&c.,couldbefound. ... On 
July 22, 1895, 1 was lowered to the bottom and examined the cave, or 
" Swallow Hole," carefully. The opening at the surface was 
15 feet by 8 feet. The cave was, in shape, somewhat like a champagne 
bottle, 270 feet deep, and 70 feet by 50 feet at the bottom, which 
was formed by a level mass of stones of all sizes. There were no 


bones to be seen ; but remembering the time that has elapsed 
since the notorious Hutchinson held the country in terror, bones, 
if any, may well have been covered to a considerable depth by the 
stones flung down by curious visitors, and the stones and rubbish 
from the adjacent fields flung into the pit by the inhabitants. 

The old tavern at Moneague, which was represented by 
Duperly in 1844, has been succeeded by the Moneague 
hotel. A reference to the early taverns of Jamaica will 
be fomid in the Introduction. 

As we have seen in the Introduction, in the eighteenth 
century there were many forts around the coast of Jamaica, 
as protection against privateers. St. Ann had her fair 
share of such forts, of which remains still exist. There 
was one at Mammae Bay, two miles east of St. Ann's Bay, 
where the St. Ann volunteers repelled an attack by pirates 
in 1795; another between Roaring River bridge and Oeho 
Rios, close bo the main road, dating from the eighteenth 
century; two at St. Ann's Bay — -one, erected in 1777, 
now used as a slaughter-house ; Windsor Fort, erected 
in 1803 ; and Dry Harbour, existing in 1777. In 1737 
an Act was passed to enable the inhabitants of the parish 
of St. Ann to build a barrack at or near the head of the 
Rio Bueno, which divides the parish of St. Ann from the 
parish of St. James. Other places of historic interest in the 
parish are : Priory, nine miles west of St. Ann's Bay, 
where are the ruins of an old church, the oldest tomb being 
dated 1750 ; best known during the incumbency of Bridges 
the historian, who resided at one time at Tydenham, which 
was purchased by the vestry as a rectory in 1817. At 
Dixon Pen, in the Pedro district, there are remains of a 
very old building said to have been the residence of a 
Spanish governor of the island. At Green Park, near 
Claremont, is said to be the house mentioned in Scott's 
" Cruise of the Midge." 

At Geddes, about five miles from Claremont, there is a 
curious slave punishment cell, with holes in one wall, 
through which it is possible the hands of the prisoner were 

At Rio Hoe, properly Rio Hoja, two miles south-east 



from Moneague, was the last settlement of the Spaniards 
prior to their departure from the Island. At York Castle, 
in the Pedro district, was held from 1576 to 1900 
the Wesleyan High School for boys, which during that 
period contributed eight of the Jamaica scholars. The 
Dry Harbour Caves, on Hopewell and Cardiff Hall, are 
about a mile and a half from the village of Dry Harbour. 
They inspired a poem en- 
titled, " The Grotto of " '>' 

Melancholy," in " A Short 
Journey in the West 
Indies," pubhshed in 1790. 
Moseley Hall Cave, on 
Guy's HiU, on the border 
of St. Mary and St. Ann, 
has fine stalactites, which 
were much visited in 
former times. Llandovery 
Falls are natural waterfalls 
on the Llandovery; a view 
of them is reproduced on ^5 1'! 
one issue of the Jamaica 
penny postage stamps. 

Metcalfe Ville is named 
after Sir Charles Metcalfe, 
mention of whom has been 
made in the chapter on 

Walton, near Moneague 
— where a lake appears at intervals after very heavy 
rains, is the site of an old military barracks, also the 
original site of the Jamaica High School, now the 
Jamaica College at Hope, in St. Andrew. Here also is 
alaks w hich appears at intervals after very heavy rains. 

Charles Drax, by will dated 1721, directed 

that a charity school should be established in the said parish of 
St. Ann for maintaining and educating eight poor boys and four 
poor girls belonging to the said parish as well as [or other charitable 
purposes : And, as an endowment to the said charity, the testator 



made subject and liable all that his estate in the said parish of 
St. Ann, called Shelton ; and if that estate be found insufScient, 
his will was, that all his, the testator's, other estates should be 
made liable for the deficiency. 

It appears from the report that William Beckford, the 
well-known author of " Vathek," had obtained possession 
of Drax Hall, the principal property, in a manner " that 
excited the indignation of every honest man who became 
acquainted with the transaction." 

Protracted legal proceedings resulted in Beckford 
having to disgorge £5200. A free school, commenced 
by the vestry of St. Ann in the old court house in that 
parish in 1795, was in 1802 by an Act of the legislature 
(43 George 3, c. 32) endowed with the sum obtained 
from the Drax bequest and called Drax's Free School ; 
and trustees, consisting of the president of the Council, 
the speaker of the Assembly, and representatives of St, 
Ann, were appointed. In 1806 the trustees of this school 
purchased Walton, the buildings on which had originally 
been erected as barracks. In 1807 they expressed their 
wilhngness to surrender their charge for the pubUc good, 
and new trustees (embodying many of the old members) 
were appointed (by 48 George 3, c. 25), and the name 
of the school was changed to the Jamaica Free School. 
At its formation the school was thrown open to the island, 
ten nominations to the school being reserved for the 
parish of St. Ann in view of the bequest, and thirteen 
being for the other parishes on the nomination of the 
Governor, this privilege being transferred by Sir John 
Peter Grant in later days to the custodes of the thirteen 
parishes ; and on the school being removed and merged 
into the Jamaica High School, which was opened in the 
newly constructed buildings at Hope in 1885, after a short 
sojourn in Barbican great house hard by, the same 
course was followed, the thirteen open scholarships 
being awarded by the Jamaica Schools Commission, 
as the trustees and board of management of the 

The old Jamaica Free School, like other schools in the 

ST. ANN 305 

island at that period, was somewhat overweighted by 
trustees, consisting as they did of the Governor, the 
president and members of the Council, the speaker and 
members of the Assembly, the chief justice, the Attorney- 
general and others . In the case of the Jamaica Free School 
their duties were not onerous. The law enforced their 
meeting only " once in every year, during the annual 
session of the Legislature of this Island, in the town of 
Saint Jago de la Vega, for the purpose of examining into 
the state of the said free-school, &c." 

When Bridges wrote his Annals, he said of it : 

The total income of the establishment is now about £1700 per 
anmmi, which educates, maintains and clothes ten boys, nominated 
by the parish, and six named by the Governor. In the session of 
1825, a grant of £1500 displayed the liberal desire of the public 
to extend the means of instruction, and dissemination of Christianity, 
by the addition of a chapel to the establishment. The master's 
salary is £300 ; and he is allowed to appoint an under-master with 
£150 per annum. Under the management of the late master, 
the establishment rose to be the first in the Island ; public examina- 
tions took place twice a year ; and besides the objects of the founda- 
tion, thirty-one boys were educated there at £70 per annum each. 
The present master is permitted to hold the curacy of the parish ; 
but the chapel being thirty miles distant, he is under an engagement 
to the Trustees, not to quit the school, but to pay half the salary of 
his cure to an officiating curate. 

It is a ciu-ious record, that the estate of Drax Hall still remains 
charged with the sum of £500, payable to the same fund, whenever 
the old Spanish Abbey at Seville d'Oro shall be rebuilt. 

In the Wesleyan church, Brown's Town, are two recently 
erected memorials to the Rev. W.C. Miuray, D.D. (d. 1909), 
for fifty-one years a minister, and for eighteen years 
Governor of York Castle, which school, while it existed, did 
much for secondary education in Jamaica — ^in the church a 
mural tablet, in the churchyard an obelisk of granite. 



The parish of Trelawny derives its name from Sir 
William Trelawny, the Governor, who died in Jamaica in 
1772. It was taken out of part of St. James in 1770. 

Falmouth was a town of considerable importance, and 
is more regularly laid out than any other town in the island, 
except Kingston. The court house, a b'lilding erected 
in the days of Jamaica's extravagance, is lofty and spacious 
and affords accommodation for nearly all the parochial 
officers. It contains full-length portraits of General Sir 
John Keane, lieutenant-governor from 1827 to 1829, and 
of Sir Charles Theophilus Metcalfe, Governor in 1839-42, 
the former being a replica of the portrait by Sir Martin 
Archer Shee in the possession of the famUy. The Parish 
Church contains monuments to John Hodges, who died 
in 1787, and James Blake (d. 1753), and to James 
Stewart (b. 1762, d. 1828), custos of Trelawny, and member 
of the Assembly for the parish from 1794 to 1822, and 
from 1826 till his death. The spacious Baptist chapel 
was erected under the auspices of William Knibb. 

Martha Brae, one and a half miles inland from Fal- 
mouth, is supposed by some to have been the site of the 
old Spanish settlement of Melilla (which, however, was 
probably in St. James), which was abandoned soon after 
its estabhshment owing to the depredations of the French 
filibusters. " The secret gold mine " of the Spaniards is 
said to be in the neighboxirhood of Martha Brae. The 
origin of the name has puzzled antiquaries, but Mr. 
G. F. Judah a few years ago discovered it in Rio Mati- 
bereon recorded in a patent of the year 1674. In the 




map in " The Laws of Jamaica" of 1683 the Para Mater 
Tiberen Rio is marked where the Martha Brae now flows. 
Bryan Castle, where Bryan Edwards's " History of 
the British West Indies " was written, was, together with 
the neighbouring estate of Brampton (now called Brampton 
Bryan), acquired by him from Zachary Bayly in or before 
1792. It is within three miles of the port of Rio Bueno. 
It afterwards became by purchase the property of Alex- 
ander Donaldson, whose estate went into bankruptcy, 
and is now in the possession of the heirs of Mr. A. W. 
Gordon. A view of the great house is given in James 


Hakewill's " Picturesque Tour of the Island of Jamaica " 
(London, 1825), the most artistic work ever published on 
the island. In 1825 the property contained 1402 acres 
of land, 300 of which were in sugar-canes, 600 in pastiure 
and pimento, and the remainder was occupied by negroes 
and their provision grounds. The crops had then averaged 
during the previous twelve years 300 hogsheads of sugar, 
with the usual proportion of rum, and, in good seasons, 
300 bags of pimento. There were employed 165 estate 
negroes, with the addition of extra labour. 

The great house is a typical Jamaica house of the 
period, solidly built, but without any pretensions to archi- 
tectural beauty, and surrounded on all four sides by the 
usual verandah. When Hakewill wrote, Edwards's books 
and furniture were still preserved in his study upstairs. 


where he compiled his history. His writing-table is 
now all that remains. From the only window of the 
room that was his study an extensive view is obtained 
across the Bryan Castle works and cane-fields in the 
foreground, and more cane-fields and woodlands in the 
distance, to the open sea in the neighbourhood of Fal- 

Bryan Edwards, the son of a gentleman of Westbury 
in Wiltshire, who tried not very successfully to add to his 
patrimony by deaUng in corn and malt, was born at West- 
bury in 1743. On his father's death in 1756, his widowed 
mother, who had great difficulty in maintaining her six 
children, was taken under the protection of the elder of 
her two brothers, Zachary Bayly, a liberal-minded man of 
considerable wealth, custos of St. ]V[ary and St. George, 
and a member of the Council, who had come to Jamaica 
from Westbury. After acquiring some education and a 
love of letters at two schools in Bristol, and after spending 
a few months with his younger uncle, Nathaniel Bayly, 
with whom he disagreed, young Bryan was in 1759 sent 
out to his uncle, Zachary Bayly. The epitaph on the 
monument of the uncle in Halfway-Tree church is from 
the pen of the nephew. In Jamaica Edwards resided 
under the care of his " great and good uncle," continuing 
his studies under the Rev. Isaac Teale, who was specially 

engaged by his uncle for this purpose — ^the T of 

Edwards's " Poems." They evidently lived on one of 
Zachary Bayly's properties in St. Mary, on the banks of 
the Agua Alta (Wag Water) ; and the chief outcome of 
the instruction seems to have been a love for literature, 
and a propensity for writing poetry. In his " Elegy on 
the Death of a Friend " Edwards says : 

Enamour'd echo bade each mountain hear, 
And pleas'd Agualta smoother flow'd along. 

Oft round thy banks, sweet stream (now sacred made) 
Together we explor'd the classic page. 

Teale, who died in 1794, was at his own request buried 
on its banks. 


In 1769, Edwards was left heir in tail male to his uncle's 
properties, and four years later he acquired by bequest 
the great possessions of Benjamin Hume, of Jamaica, a 
friend of his uncle's, and became a merchant. Hume, 
it may be mentioned, had been removed from the post of 
receiver-general on its being proved that he had embezzled 
upwards of £20,000 of pubhc money. In 1765 Edwards 
had been elected a member of the House of Assembly 
for the parish of St. George, now merged in Portland. 
In February 1770 he resigned his seat on the plea that 
his ill-health necessitated a change of climate, but he 
apparently did not leave the island, and in December 1771 
he was again elected for St. George, but in 1772 he was 
called up to a seat in the Council. As a member of the 
Assembly he attacked the restrictions placed by the British 
Government on trade between Jamaica and the United 

In 1782 he returned to England, where he tried, without 
success, to enter Parliament as member for Chichester 
against the Duke of Richmond's nominee, losing by eight 
votes only. In 1787 he came out again to Jamaica, and 
in the Assembly which first met in the October of that 
year he sat as member for Trelawny. In 1788 he received 
in his place the unanimous thanks of the House for his 
reports on the slave trade. 

Soon after the revolt of the negroes in 1791 he paid a 
short visit to San Domingo, in the welfare of which island 
he took a deep interest, endeavouring to obtain for it a loan 
from Jamaica. This was recommended by a Committee 
of the Assembly ; but the matter met with public opposition, 
and the loan did not pass the House. In a long letter 
from his pen which appeared in the "Royal Gazette," 
April 21, 1792, he says : 

For myseJf, I propose shortly to quit the island, and probably 
shall never return to it ; but my wishes for its happiness, freedom 
and prosperity shall never be suppressed, so long as I have life 
ana recollection. I have exerted myself in its service for the last 
five years with unabating zeal and perseverance, and, I hope, on 
some occasions, with success. 


In 1793 his seat in the Assembly was declared vacant, 
he having gone to England the previous year. 

While in the Assembly he was often called upon to 
assist in drawing up addresses and reports, and he now 
and then acted as chairman of committees. 

In England he settled permanently at Southampton 
as a West Indian merchant and banker. After contesting 
Southampton in vain in 1794, he was in 1796 elected 
M.P. for Grampound. He supported the slave trade 
with certain restrictions, and was admitted by Wilberforce 
to be a powerful opponent to abolition. He was, how- 
ever, not unmindful of the great hardships done in Africa, 
and he had stated in Jamaica " that if all the nations 
of Europe would concur in a determination to relinquish 
the slave trade altogether, it ought to be relinquished." 

In 1797 he succeeded Sir Joseph Banks as secretary 
of the Association for promoting the discovery of the 
interior parts of Africa, and he edited some of Mungo 
Park's contributions to its Proceedings. He died at his 
residence in the Polygon at Southampton, in July 1800. 
He was buried in the catacombs of the church, but there 
is no recording tablet. His wife, whom he married in 
1774, was Martha, daughter of Thomas Phipps, of West- 
bury. His vast wealth was inherited by his only sur- 
viving son, Zachary Hume Edwards, who was not of age 
when his father died ; but he died on board the Montague 
packet on his passage from Jamaica to England in 1812. 
An elder son had died at Winchester College in his seven- 
teenth year, in 1794, of a " nervous malignant fever." 

Bryan Edwards's elder brother, Nathaniel Bayly Edwards, 
died in 1771, aged 19, and lies buried at Halfway Tree ; 
his younger brother, Zachary Bayly Edwards, of Dove 
Hall, Jamaica, was member of the Assembly for St. Andrew 
in 1785-90. He married Catherine, daughter of Rowland 
Otto-Baijer, of Antigua and Efarleigh Castle, Somerset, 
England. Their son was Sir Bryan Edwards, chief justice 
of Jamaica from 1855 to 1869, and their daughter Eliza 
married her cousin Samuel Otto-Baijer, a member of the 
Council of Antigua. A genealogical table of the Edwards 


family will be found in Mr. Oliver's " History of the Island 
of Antigua." What relation to the historian the Bryan 
Edwards, special stipendiary magistrate for the parish 
of Westmoreland, who died in 1835, aged 29, was, it is 
difficult to say. He could not have been a son of his 
brother Nathaniel Bayly Edwards (who died at Chelten- 
ham in September 1800). He may have been a son of 
his cousin William mentioned below. We know that the 
historian was one of a family of six, and that he had two 
brothers ; whether the remaining two were brothers or 
sisters is not recorded ; but it would seem from his will 
that he left but one brother, who only siurvived him two 

That Bryan Edwards was, to some extent at all events, 
a patron of the arts, is evident from the following extract 
from the second codicil to his will : 

I give and devise to my wife, Martha Edwards . . . the full 
length portrait of herself, drawn byPme,* nowin my drawing-room 
in London, if she thinks proper to accept it. I give and devise 
to my brother the portraits of my mother and brother, Nathaniel 
McHume ; and my own portrait now in London and any six other 
pictures in my collection which he may make choice of. 

One wonders whether the fact that Edwards had employed 
Pine to paint his wife's portrait had any influence in the 
purchase by the people of Kingston of that artist's cele- 
brated portrait of Rodney on board the Formidable. 

In an obituary notice of him, a writer in the " Gentle- 
man's Magazine " said : " He exercised his literary talents 
in a memorable way in Jamaica ; for, by the strokes of 
his pen, he drove Peter Pindar from the Island, and the 
bitter satirist never dared to attack his character while 
he remained in this country." 

The first time Wolcot left Jamaica it was in order to 
take Holy Orders, so that he might be presented to a living 
in Jamaica by his kinsman the governor, Sir Wilham 
Trelawny ; the second time he left — ^never to return — 
it was to accompany Lady Trelawny, his patron's widow, 

* Eobert Edge Pine, the painter of the picture of Rodney in 
the Institute of Jamaica. 


to whom he was deeply attached. Moreover, Edwards 
never in his writings, at all events, gave evidence of satire 
equal to Wolcot's ; and the latter, one would think, was 
too pachydermatous to be driven anywhere by anybody 
against his will. 

Pour later members of the Edwards family have also been 
famous. Sir Bryan Edwards, chief justice of Jamaica, 
died in December 1876. Dr. William Frederic Edwards, 
who was born in Jamaica in 1776, was the son of a rich 
English planter — William Edwards by name (a cousin 
of Bryan) — who afterwards settled at Bruges, where the 
younger William was educated. In early life he became 
a Frenchman, and won for himself much fame as a physio- 
ogist, dying at Versailles in 1842. William's younger 
brother, Henri Milne Edwards (born at Bruges in 1800 
and died in 1885), the zoologist, and Henri's son, Alphonse 
Milne Edwards (born in Paris in 1835 and died in 1900), 
successively held the post of professor of zoology at the 
Jardin des Plantes, Paris. 

In 1793 Bryan Edwards published in London, in two 
quarto volumes, " The History, Civil and Commercial, 
of the British Colonies in the West Indies," with plates 
and maps, which has remained the standard work on its 
subject — the history of the British West Indies tiU the 
close of the last century — till to-day. A third volume 
was added in 1801. 

He evidently took much pains to collect all the trust- 
worthy information available, especially about current 
affairs. But he wrote more as a politician than as an 
historian, and the chief value of the work lies in the large 
amount of light it throws on the condition of affairs in the 
West Indies at his time. The arrangement, it must be 
admitted, leaves a good deal to be desired ; and it partakes 
rather of a collection of essays and articles than of a con- 
nected history, and is sadly in need of editing ; but the 
nature of the subject makes it difficult to treat it as a 
whole while at the same time going into details. Edwards 
himself only visited San Domingo, and the information 
about the British islands other than Jamaica is scanty. 


For instance, Barbados is dismissed in thirty-five 

The fifth edition was pubhshed in London in 1819, 
many years after the author's death. It contains (as 
did the third and fourth editions) a " prefatory advertise- 
ment " by his friend and collaborator, Sir William Young, 
Governor of Tobago, and a brief " sketch of the life of the 
author, -written by himself a short time before his death." 
It also contains descriptions of colonies ceded after 
Edwards's death, a " History of the Abolition of the 
Slave Trade," and later particulars of the West Indies 
generally, which would have been more useful had they 
been put in their several places in the work, instead of 
at the end. 

The following is a list of Bryan Edwards's pubhcations : 

1. (a) The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies 
in the West Indies. In two volumes. By Bryan Edwards, Esq., 
of the Island of Jamaica. London, 1793. 4to. [With plates and 
preface to 2nd edition added afterwards.] 

(6) The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies 
in the West Indies. In two volumes. By Bryan Edwards, Esq., 
of the Island of Jamaica. Dublin, 1793. 8vo. 

(c) The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies 
in the West Indies. In two volumes. By Bryan Edwards, Esq., 
of the Island of Jamaica, E.R.S., S.A., and Member of the American 
Philosophical Society at Philadelphia. The second edition, illus- 
trated with maps. London, 1794. 4to. 

(d) List of Maps and Plates for the History, Civil and Commercial, 
of the British Colonies in the West Indies. In two volumes. By 
Bryan Edwards, Esq., of the Island of Jamaica, E.R.S., S.A., and 
Member of the American Philosophical Society of Philadelphia. 
London, 1794. 4to. [Issued in order that owners of the 1st edition 
might add to their copies the map and plates included in the 2nd 

(e) An Abridgment of Mr. Edwards' Civil and Commercial 
History of the British West Indies. In two volumes.. London, 
1794. 8vo. 

(/) Beschreibung der Brittisohen Kolonien in Westindien. [Trans- 
lated from the English of Bryan Edwards by Matthias Christian 
Sprengel in " Auswahl der hasten anslandischengeographischenund 
statistichen Nachrichten zur Aufklarung der Volker und Lander- 
kunde." Halle, 1794-1800. 8vo. 

(g) The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies 
in the West Indies : To which is added a Survey of the French 


Colony in the Island of St. Domingo. Abridged from the History 
written by Bryan Edwards, Esq. Illustrated with a map. London, 
1798. Small 4to. 

(fe) The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies 
in the West Indies. To which is added an Historical Survey of 
the French Colony in the Island of St. Domingo. Abridged from 
the History written by Bryan Edwards, Esq. Illustrated with a 
map. London, 1799. Small 4to. 

(i) The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies 
in the West Indies. Vol.3. Edited by Sir William Young. [Issued 
to beadded to the twovolumesof the Isteditionof 1793.] London, 
1801. 4to. 

(;) The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies 
in the West Indies. By Bryan Edwards, Esq., E.R.S., S.A. In 
three volumes. Third edition, with considerable additions. Illus- 
trated with Plates. London, 1901. [With " Prefatory Adver- 
tisement," by Sir William Young, Bart. ; a brief " Sketch of the 
Life of the Author, written by himself a short time before his death " ; 
and " A Tour through the seyeral Islands of Barbadoes, St. Vincent, 
Antigua, Tobago, and Grenada, in the years 1791 and 1792." By 
Sir William Young, Bart., M.P., E.R.S., &c.] 8vo. 

{k) The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies 
in the West Indies. By Bryan Edwards, Esq., E.R.S., S.A. Fourth 
edition, with considerable additions. Illustrated with Plates. 
In three Volumes. London, 1807. With " Prefatory Advertise- 
ment " by Sir William Young, Bart., and a bri^f " Sketch of the 
Life of the Author, written by himself a short time before his 
death."] Svo. 

(I) The History, Civil and (Commercial, of the British in the West 
Indies. By Bryan Edwards, Esq., P.R.S., S.A. Illustrated by 
an Atlas and embellished with a portrait of the Author. To which 
is added a general description of the Bahama Islands by Daniel 
M'Kinnen, Esq. In four Volumes. Philadelphia, 1805-6. Svo. 

(m) Another edition. 4 Vols. Baltimore, 1810. 

(n) Another edition. 4 VoIsj and Atlas. Philadelphia, 1810. 

(o) The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British West 
Indies. By Bryan Edwards, Esq., F.B.S., S.A. With a con- 
tinuation to the present time. Fifth edition, with Maps and Plates. 
In five Volumes. London, 1819. Five Voliunes of Text, Svo, 
and one Volume of Plates, 4to. The title-page of the plate is as 
follows : " History of the British West Indies. By Bryan Edwards, 
Esq., F.R.S., S.A. With a continuation to the present time. 
Illustrated by Maps and Plates. In four Volumes. London. 
Printed for the Proprietors, 1818." 

(p) Buigerlyke en Handelkundige Geschiedenis van de Englische 
Volkplantingen in de West-Indien. Door Bryan Edwards, ScMldkn.. 
Uit het Engelsch. Haarlem, 1794^99. 6 Vols. Svo. 

(q) Bxtracto do livro quinto da Historia Civil e Commercial das 


colonias oooidentales Inglezias, por Bryan Edwards. [Translated 
by Jos6 Mariano la Conceicao Velloso in " 0. Pazendeiro do Brazil."] 
Lisbon, 1798. 8vo. 

(r) Histoire civile et oommerciale des Colonies Anglaises dans 
las Indies oooidentales : depuis leur deoouverte par Christophe 
Colomb jusqu'a nos jours ; suivie d'un Tableau historiqne et 
politique de I'ile de Saint-Domingue avant et depuis la revolution 
franf aise ; traduit de I'anglais de Bryan Edouard (sic), par le 
traduoteur des Voyages d' Arthur Young en EVance et en Italie. 
Orn6 d'une belle carte. Paris, An. IX. [1801.] 8vo. 

2. (a) An Historical Survey of the iVenoh Colony in the Island 
of St. Domingo : Comprehending a short account of its ancient 
government, political state, population, productions, and exports ; 
A Narrative of the calamities which have desolated the country 
ever since the year 1789, with some Reflections on their causes and 
probable consequences ; and a detail of the military transactions 
of the British Army in that Island to the end of 1794. By Bryan 
Edwards, Esq., M.P., E.R.S., &c.. Author of the History of the 
British Colonies in the West Indies. London, 1797. ito. 

(6) An Historical Siu?vey of the Island of Saint Domingo, together 
with an Account of the Maroon Negroes in the Island of Jamaica, 
and a History of the War in the West Indies in 1793 and 1794. 
By Bryan Edwards, Esq., Also a Tour through the several Islands 
of Barbadoes, St. Vincent, Antigua, Tobago, and Grenada in the 
years 1791 and 1792 by Sir William Young, Bart. Illustrated with 
Copper Plates. London, 1801. 4to. [Issued also as 1'. of this list. 
Each sheet is marked Vol. iii.] 

(c) Gesohiohte des Revolutionskriegs in Sanct Domingo ; von 
Bryan Edwards, Esq. Aus den Englisohen. [On title page of Vol. 
2 : Nebst einem sohreiben : iiber Europens interesse in Beziehung 
auf die Wohfahrt der Colonien in Amerika, von Herrn Malouet, 
und einer Rede des Admiral Villaret Joyeuse.] Leipzig, 1798. 
2 Vols., with map. 8vo. 

(d) Gesohiedkundige Beschouwing van St. Domingo, door Bryan 
Edwards. Uit het Engelsch. Haarlem, 1802. 8vo. 

(e) Histoire de I'lle Saint-Domingue ; extraite de I'Histoire civile 
et oommerciale des Antilles, de M. Bryan Edwards, et continuee 
jusqu'aux derniers 6v6nemens. Contenant de nombreux details 
sur ce qui s'est passe dans cette importante oolonie pendant la 
Revolution. Traduite de I'Anglais par J. B. J. Breton, autem du 
Voyage dans la Belgique. Orne d'une carte de Saint Domingue. 
Paris, An. XI., 1802. 12mo. 

(/) Storia deir Isola di S. Domingo rioavata dalla Storia civile 
e del commercio delle Antille. Del. Sig. Bryan Edwards, e con- 
tinuata sino agli ultimi awenimenti, ohe minutamente rap- 
presentano quanto e sucoeduto in queUa importante Colonia 
pendente la rivoluzione. Tradotta dall' Inglese da J. B. Breton, 
autore del Viaggia nel Belgio, e trasportata dal francese in 


italiano da Giammichele Briolo. Torino. Anno XI., 1803. 

(g) The History of the Island of St. Domingo. Abridged from 
the History of Bryan Edwards, Esq., and continued to the present 
time. Illustrated with a Map. Edinburgh, 1802. 6mo. 

3. (a) Proceedings of the Honourable House of Assembly relative 
to the Maroons ; including the Correspondence between the Eight 
Honourable Earl Balcarres and the Honourable Major-General 
Walpole, during the Maroon Eebellion, with the report of the Joint 
Special Secret Committee, to whom those papers were referred. 
St. Jago de la Vega, 1796. 4to. 

(6) The Proceedings of the Governor and Assembly of Jamaica, 
in regard to the Maroon Negroes : Published by order of the 
Assembly. To which is prefixed an Introductory Account, con- 
taining observations on the disposition, character, manners, and 
habits of life, of the Maroons, and a Detail of the origin, progress 
and termination of the late war between those people and the 
white inhabitants. London, 1796. 8vo. 

4. (a) Thoughts on the late Proceedings of Government respecting 
the Trade of the West India Islands with the United States of North 

America. By Brian [sic] Edwards, Esq London, 1784. 

Small 4to. 

(6) Thoughts on the late Proceedings of Government respecting 
the Trade of the West India Islands with the United States of 
North America. The Second Edition, corrected and enlarged. 
To which is now first added a Postscript addressed to the Right 
Honourable Lord Sheffield. By Bryan Edwards, Esq. London, 
1784. Small 4to. 

5. (a) A Speech delivered at a Free Conference between the 
Honourable the Council and Assembly of Jamaica, held the 19th 
November, 1789, on the subject of Mr. Wilberforce's propositions in 
the House of Commons concerning the Slave Trade. By Bryan 
Edwards, Esq., Member of the Assembly of the said Island. Kings- 
ion, Jamaica, 1789. Small 4to. 

(6) A Speech ... on the Subject of Mr. Wilberforce's proposi- 
tions in the House of Commons concerning the Slave Trade. London, 
1790. 8vo. 

6. A Vindication of the Conduct and Proceedings of the English 
Government towards the Spanish Nation in M.D.C.LV., in reply 
to the Misrepresentations of some late Historians. Also some account 
of the State of Jamaica, its inhabitants and productions, on its 
surrender. By Bryan Edwards, Esquire. In " An Abridgement 
of the Laws of Jamaica. . . . St. Jago de la Vega, Jamaica, 1793." 

7. Poems written chiefly in the West Indies. Kingston, Jamaica, 
1793. Small 4to. 

[Contains a translation of the Second Epode of Horace, by his 
brother Nathaniel Bayly Edwards.] 


8. Abstract of Mr. Park's Account of his Travels and Discoveries, 
abridged, from his own minutes. By B. Edwards, Esq. In 
" Proceedings of the Association for promoting the discovery of 
the interior parts of Africa." "Vol. 2, 1798. 4to. 

9. Travels in the interior districts of Africa ; performed under 
the direction and patronage of the African Association in the years 
1795, 1796, 1797, with an appendix containing geographical illus- 
trations of Africa by Major Rennell. Edited by Bryan Edwardes. 
London, 1799. 4to. 

His writings evoked the following publications : 

10. A letter to Bryan Edwards, Esq., containing Observations 
on some passages of his History of the West Indies. By William 
Preston, M.R.I.A. London, 1795. 

11. Lettre a M. Bryan Edwards, membre du parlement d'Angle- 
terre et de la Societe Royale de Londres, colon proprietaire a la 
Jamaique, en refutation de son ouvrage, intitule Vues Historiques 
sur la Colonic Pranfaise de Saint-Domingue, etc., etc., publie en 
Mars dernier. Par M. le Colonel Venault de Charmilly, chevalier 
de I'ordre royal et militaire de St. Louis, colon proprietaire a St. 
Domingue, ancien membre de 1' Assemble generale de cette colonic : 
charg6 par les Ministres de sa Majeste Bfitannique, et par les 
Habitans de la Grande-Anse de r^gler, accepter et signer la capitula- 
tion pour la reddition de la partie Eranjaise de Saint-Domingue avec 
M. le lieutena.nt-general Adam Williamson, lieutenant-gouverneur 
de la Jamaique, etc., etc. Londres, juillet, 1797. Small folio. 

(5) Answer, by way of letter to Bryan Edwards, Esq., M.P., 
P.R.S., Planter of Jamaica, etc., containing a Refutation of his 
Historical Survey of the Erench Colony of St. Domingo, etc. By 
Colonel Venault de Charmilly. . . . London, ll^l. Small folio. 

12. An Address to Brian \aic'\ Edwards, Esq. ; containing remarks 
on his Pamphlet entitled " Thoughts on the late Proceedings of 
Government respecting the Trade of the West India Islands with 
the United States of America." Also Observations on some parts 
of a pamphlet, lately published by the West India Planters and 
Merchants, entitled "Considerations on the present State of the 
Intercourse between His Majesty's Sugar Colonies and the Dominions 
of the United States of America." By John Stevenson. London, 
1784. Small 4to. 

In a copy of No. 12 from the Ubrary of Lord Sheffield is a 
note on the title page in Sheffield's handwriting : 

Is this the John Stevenson who is included in the list of persons 
restored to grace and pardon within the State of New York by an 
Act of that State passed 12th May, 1784 ? 

At Rio Bueno is Fort Dundas, dated 1778 and taken 


over as an Island fort in 1800. At May field are the tombs 
of John Spence (d. 1785) and Anne Blake, the wife of John 
Hodges (d. 1787) ; at Roslyn Castle tombs of Minto 
and Virgo ; at Golden Grove that of Rebecca, wife of 
Colonel Thomas Reid (d. 1747) ; at Orange Valley 
tombs of Mrs. Ann Jarrett (d. 1769) and of WilUam Rhodes 
James (d. 1795) ; at Weston Favell, the tomb of Thomas 
Harding (d. 1766). In the old slave village on Hyde 
Hall Estate is the rare example of a monument erected 
to a slave, rare at least in Jamaica, though not so rare in 
the smaller islands. It is inscribed : — 

In memory of 


An honest, obedient and 

faithful Slave, by her affectionate 

and grateful master, 

Henry Shirley 


Tradition has it that Eve was the woman in charge of the 
children of the slaves who went out to work during the 
day, and that she met her death by being drowned in a 
pond on Hyde Hall. 

Arawak kitchen middens are to be found at Stewart 
Castle, the locality being known as Indian Town to this 
day, and at Wales ; while at Fantrepant are Arawak 
rock-carvings. Kettering was named about 1840 by 
the well-known Baptist missionary WiUiam KJnibb after 
his birthplace in Northamptonshire. 

John Kenyon, the poet and philanthropist (1784-1856), 
was born in Trelawny, where his father owned extensive 
sugar plantations. His mother was a daughter of John 
Simpson of Bounty Hall in the same parish. Both died 
while he was a boy at Port Bristol School, Bristol. He it 
was who first introduced Browning to Elizabeth Barrett, 
a distant relative and soi-disant cousin. 

To Kenyon Browning dedicated his " Dramatic Romances 
and Lyrics " ; and Mrs. Browning dedicated to him 
" Aurora Leigh." 



The parish of St. James, which was one of the second 
batch of parishes formed in Jamaica (the others in the 
batch being St. George, St. Mary, St. Ann and St. Elizabeth), 
was so named bySir Thomas Modyford in 1664-65, probably 
after James, Duke of York ; and he may at the same time 
have intended, as Roby suggests, to perpetuate the memory 
of his brother, Sir James Modyford. The parish of Hanover 
was made out of parts of Westmoreland and St. James in 
1725-26, and Trelawny was made out of parts of St. Ann 
and St. James in 1770. In this parish is the site (probably 
at Spanish Quarters) of the first town built by the Spaniards 
in the island, Mellila ; and from this parish, from Cabo 
del Buen Tempo, sailed with Columbus the first Jamaican 
who ever went to Europe — probably the first willing 
emigrant from the New World to the Old. The origin 
of the name of the chief town, Montego Bay, has been 
variously ascribed, firstly to the bay in Portugal into 
which the Mondego river falls ; secondly to Francisco 
de Montego (or Montijo), who assisted Grijalva in his 
discoveries in New Spain ; and thirdly, with the greatest 
probability, by Long to manteca, the Spanish word for 
butter. He adds, " This part abounding formerly with 
wild hogs, the Spaniards probably made here what they 
called hog's butter (lard) for exportation." 

At the time of the formation of . St. James' parish 
(1665) the " north side " was represented in the Assembly 
by Abraham Butter and Samuel Jenks. In 1673, jointly 
with St. Ann, St. James returned a member, Captain 
Richard Guy. In that year, when there were in the twelve 



inhabited parishes of Jamaica 17,268 persons, the parish 
of St. James had only 146, of whom 22 were negroes. In 
1675 St. James returned two members on its own account, 
Richard Guy and Samuel Jenks. 

Four years later, when the Assembly decided that £1300 
should be raised for the fortifications of the island, St. 
James was asked to contribute £5 only. In 1711-12 the 
parishes of St. James and St. George were exempt from 
taxation. " they having no towns, few inhabitants and 
little commerce." In 1724 the first Road Act for the parish 
was passed, the road going from The Cave in Westmore- 
land to the west end of St. James ; and a court of quarter 
sessions was established four years later. 

At Montego Bay was printed the third known book 
printed in Jamaica — an almanack for the year 1776. St. 
James remained a poor parish till about the middle of 
the eighteenth century, but by 1782 Montego Bay was 
called " next to Kingstown the most flourishing town in 
the island." 

In 1733 a bill was passed " for appointing a proper 
plan for building a church." This church was probably 
built, but all traces of it are now lost. In 1738 barracks 
were built, and were supplied by the churchwardens with 
a pack of hounds, to be used in defence and offence against 
revolted slaves. In that year Montego Bay was made a 
free port. In March 1738-39 articles of pacification 
were signed at Trelawny Town by Cudjoe, the Maroon 

In 1795 the Legislature passed an Act incorporating 
a company to be formed by subscription under the title 
of " The President, Directors and Company of the Close 
Harbour of Montego Bay," with power to raise £10,000 
capital, and to make a harbour at " Meagre Bay, being 
a part of Montego Bay," for the protection of shipping 
and to create rules and regulations for its management ; 
which company, said to have been the first formed in the 
West Indies for the execution of any pubHc undertaking, 
existed for about half a century, and for a time paid 

ST. JAMES 321 

In January 1800 (to quote from the " Columbian Maga- 
zine," Kingston, 1800) : 

one of those dreadful swells of the sea from the N.W. did much 
damage, although the misfortune has been greatly decreased, by 
the extent of the Moles erected, yet it has been very considerable. 

Of the two channels through the reef, which were intended to 
be filled up by the Moles, the largest only is made, and the other 
is hardly, as yet, commenced. Vessels lying immediately behind 
the Mole, and not near to the Southern channel, which is still open, 
lie secure and easy ; but the vessels moored near the South channel 
into which an immense sea poured, and the small craft near the 
shore, round which the waves coming in at the South channel 
washed, were, and still are in the greatest danger. 

There were twenty-four vessels of all sizes in the Close Harbour ; 
of these the ship Clyde, belonging to Kingston, which was anchored 
near the Southern channel, is totally lost ; but a brig still nearer, 
fortunately escaped the first day, and has since been able to shift 
to a safer birth {sic). Kve small vessels from the great action of 
the swell near the shore, or from bad tackling are also lost. 

In the Outer Harbour were two vessels, one a Spanish schooner, 
prise to the Experiment lugger, is lost ; and the other, an American 
brig, after losing an anchor, and driving some hundred yards, has 
got into .a situation where the undertow gives her a more easy birth. 

It is certainly a distressing consideration to the community 
that after the expense of upwards of 16,000?. in building the Moles, 
so much damage has happened to the shipping, within them, and 
this danger cannot be completely guarded against, so as to protect 
the whole of the harbour, until the Southern Mole is finished, or 
nearly joins to the shore ; but there is this consideration, that a 
great number of valuable lives were saved, not a seaman having 
lost his life, and upwards of 250 negroes being safely landed on 
Tuesday evening, from the Thomas Guineaman. 

Reference to the Close Harbour ceases in the Jamaica 
almanacks after 1848. 

In 1798 two thirds of the town of Montego Bay was 
destroyed by fire, the loss' being estimated at £500,000. 
And in 1831-32 the parish was the scene of one of the worst 
outbreaks of slaves recorded in the island's history. On 
one night sixteen incendiary fires took place, and many 
Uves were lost in quelling the outbreak. Martial law 
was declared, and the commander of the forces, Sir Wil- 
loughby Cotton, took the field in person. 

The foundation stone of the present parish Church 


of St. James, was laid on May 6, 1775, and the 
building was opened for public worship in 1782. It is 
Georgian in character, and typical of many churches 
erected in the West Indies by those who, probably doing 
the best they could with the money and knowledge at 
their disposal, considered that a building was rendered 
ecclesiastical by putting rounded heads to ordinary domestic 
windows, and did not hesitate to combine the Classic and 
Gothic styles. In this case, however, the building, which 
is one of the best of its kind, is helped by a tower, its most 
pleasing feature. Hakewill called it the handsomest 
church in the island. The church is dedicated to St. 
James the Great, the patron saint of Spain, whose name 
was given to the Spanish capital of the island. The 
parochial seal, or seal of the churchwardens, in establish- 
ment days, is — ^Argent, a palmer's staff erect ; from its 
rest, dependent by a leathern thong, a gourd bottle, all 
proper. On a bordure gules, five pineapples of the second. 
The circumscription is " Sigill Aedilium Sancti Jacobi in 

The earhest baptism recorded in the existing register 
of St. James is dated January 1, 1771 ; the earhest 
marriage, May 5, 1774, and the earhest burial July 6, 

The rectors have been, so far as they can be 
traced : 

1771-74. Rev. Joseph Stoney. 

1774^87. Rev. J. Grignon. 

1787-95. Rev. Francis Dauney. 

1795-1805. Rev. Erancis Rickard. 

1805-13. Rev. David Duff. 

1 81 4-27 . Rev. Henry Jenkins. 

1827-47. Rev. John M'lntyre, M.A. 

1847-62. Archdeacon Thomas Price Williams, D.D. 

1862-81. Rev. David R. Morris. 

1881-85. Rev. W. H. Williamson. 

1885-87. Rev. George Whyte. 

1887-97. Rev. F. H. Sharpe. 

1897-1904. Rev. J. W. Austin. 

1905. Rev. J. Messiah, B.A. 

ST. JAMES 323 

Of the monuments in the church, the best is that of 
Mrs. Rosa Palmer, by John Bacon, R.A., of the year 
1794. It is, after the Rodney and Effingham monuments 
at Spanish Town, the best work by Bacon in Jamaica. 
She to whose memory it was erected, the wife of John 
Palmer, custos of the parish, died in 1790, aged 72 years. 
This monument has been for years connected with the 
legend of Rose Hall, about ten miles to the east of Montego 
Bay. Into this legend, of cruelty to slaves and murder 
of her several husbands by a certain Mrs. Palmer, it is 
not necessary to enter. Controversies have raged having 
for their object the identity of the figure on the monu- 
ment ; some maintaining that it was the good, others the 
bad Mrs. Palmer. As a matter of fact it represents neither, 
but is merely an emblematic figure, such as Bacon was 
very fond of putting into his memorials, and in all proba- 
bility the head on the vase represents the features of Rosa 
Palmer. Mr. Joseph Shore, in his work " In Old St. 
James " in 1911, solved the mystery. The good Mrs. 
Palmer was Rosa Kelly, daughter of the Reverend John 
Kelly of St. Ehzabeth, who married John Palmer as her 
fourth husband, and was his faithful wife for twenty- 
three years ; her other husbands being Henry Fanning of 
St. Catherine, George Ash of St. James, and the Honourable 
Norwood Witter of Westmoreland. The wicked Mrs, 
Palmer was Annie Mary Paterson, who married in St. 
James in 1820 John Rose Palmer, grand-nephew and 
successor at Rose Hall and Palmyra of John Palmer. 
She ended her iU-spent days in 1833. 

Other good monuments in the church are to Dr. George 
Macfarquhar, also by Bacon (1791), to Dr. William Fowle, 
an early work of Sir Richard Westmacott (1796), and to 
Mrs. Sarah Newton Kerr, by Henry Westmacott (1814). 
The works by John Bacon the younger are hardly worthy 
of mention. 

In 1911 a handsome three-Ught window by Jones and 
Willis was erected at the east end of the church. The 
centre fight represents the Crucifixion, the side-lights the 
Resurrection and the Ascension. One of the side-fights 


was presented by Mr. W. F. Lawrence, whose family owned 
Fairfield and other estates on the north side for many 

Space will not permit of more than a brief risumt of the 
history of a people in Jamaica around whom much romance 
has sprang up. This romance is, however, apt to be a 
little modified by a closer acquaintance, for the modern 


representatives show little of that physical enterprise and 
endurance for which their ancestors were famous. 

The term Maroon— .said to be a corruption of the Spanish 
Qimarron, wild, untamed, and applied to those negroes, 
originally fugitive slaves, who lived and still live in the 
mountains and forests of Guiana and the West Indies — 
first occurs in the English language in 1628, in "Sir Francis 
Drake Revived " : " The Symerons (a blacke people, 
which about eightie yeeres past, fled from the Spaniards 
their Masters)." So, too, in 1655, when Penn and Venables 
arrived, the negroes left their masters and betook them- 
selves to the mountainous parts of the island, with a natural 

ST. JAMES 325 

desire to escape from serving alien owners ; and when the 
Spaniards vacated the island, assumed to themselves, as 
they had every right to do, not the rdle of rebels, but of a 
people resisting to the utmost of their power the invasion 
of the island by the Enghsh. And thenceforward, their 
forces swelled from time to time by runaway slaves of 
the newcomers, they were for many a long year a source 
of anxiety to the planters living in their neighbourhood, 
and, indeed, to the colony in general. It may be mentioned 
that Bridges, in his History, gives a different origin to the 
Maroons, but he quotes no authority in support of either 
of the following statements, and the first is certainly un- 
true. He says : 

It has been supposed that the present race of Maroons derive 
their origin from the Spanish slaves who remained in the fastnesses 
of the island after its conquest ; but these were all disposed of and 
accounted for to a man in less than eight years after that event. 
The Maroons of Jamaica owe their peculiarity of feature to the' 
mixture of the Malay caste, which they derived from the crews of 
a Madagascar slave-ship wrecked upon these shores. 

That the Maroons of Jamaica were a real menace in the 
early days is evident from the fact that General Robert 
Sedgwick, in writing home to Thurloe, more than once 
referred to them with apprehension. 

The name of their first chief known to history stiU Hves 
in Juan de Bolas, in the St. John district of St. Catherine, 
round which hiU the Maroons were scattered in Doyley's 
time ; but de Bolas in time surrendered to the Enghsh, 
and was made colonel of the black regiment, and trouble 
ceased for the moment. The next Maroon chief of whom 
we read is Cudjoe. In 1690 there was an insurrection, 
in the parish of Clarendon, of negro slaves who found a 
secure retreat in the interior of the country, contenting 
themselves for a time with predatory excursions against 
neighbouring estates. When later an armed force was 
sent against them, they elected as their chief Cudjoe, 
who appointed his brothers, Accompong, whose name still 
lives in Accompong in St. EUzabeth (Akjampong was 
the name of an Ashantee chief who figured in the Ashantee 


War of 1872) and Johnny, as leaders under him, the 
greater part of his men being Coromantees. He was, in 
about 1730, joined by a party of Cottawood negroes from 
St. George (now merged in Portland), and later by a party 
from St. Elizabeth. From the similarity of their mode of 
Ufe, Cudjoe and his followers about this time became 
known as Maroons, the same as the original Spanish run- 
away slaves. Up to this time forty-four Acts of the 
Assembly, Long tells us, had been passed, and £240,000 
expended for the suppression of the Maroons. On the 
commencement of hostilities against them, their mere 
wish for plunder became a desire for revenge. In 1733 
the Government resolved to establish advanced posts to 
hold the Maroons in check, one at Cave Valley being 
intended to guard Cudjoe. These posts were garrisoned 
by independent companies, confidential negroes (termed 
black shot), mulattoes, and some two hundred Indians 
specially imported from the Mosquito Coast, who, fighting 
the Maroons with their own weapons, destroyed their 
provision grounds. Dogs, provided by the churchwardens 
of the parishes, were also used for defence and for tracking 
purposes. Reahsing that his quarters were accessible 
to th* rangers, Cudjoe removed into Trelawny, on the 
north-west side of the Cockpits. Finding them difficult 
to subdue, and fearful of the risk of defeat of an organised 
attack on them, the Governor, Edward Trelawny, was 
persuaded — at a time when, though he was ignorant of it, 
the Maroons were prepared to surrender — to offer terms 
of peace to the Maroons, the offer being made through 
Colonel Guthrie, of the militia, and Captain Sadler, of the 
regulars, who had been placed in command of the troops 
it had originally been intended to send against them. Dr. 
Russell was selected as delegate to represent the English. 
In order to placate Cudjoe he exchanged hats with him. 
Later, Colon^ Guthrie came forward, and under Cudjoe's 
tree in Guthrie's defile were concluded " Articles of Pacifi- 
cation with the Maroons of Trelawny Town, March 1, 
1738," by which the Maroons received full pardon, with 
privilege to possess for ever 1500 acres between Tre- 

ST. JAMES 327 

lawny Town, which was then so called after the Governor, 
Edward Trelawny, and the Cockpits, with right to hunt ; 
the Maroons on their side undertaking to take part in any^ 
action of the Government against rebels, and to hand 
over runaway slaves to their masters. A similar treaty 
was made with Quao and the Windward Maroons in July 
1739, and the five Maroon settlements of Jamaica were 
estabUshed — Trelawny Town, Accompong, Scott's Hall, 
Charles Town and Moore Town, the last three being in the 
eastern part of the island. Later, some of the land was 
alienated from Trelawny Town, and 1000 acres were at- 
tached to Accompong. It was really this treaty, which 
kept the bodies of Maroons as a distinct tribe in the strongest 
parts of the country, instead of encouraging their being 
merged in the general negro population, that was the 
cause of all the subsequent trouble. 

We next in the history of the Maroons come to the 
rebellion in 1795, by the Trelawny Town Maroons— 
sometimes spoken of as the Maroon War — when James 
Montague was their leading chief. Their neighbours at 
Accompong sided with the Government. 

The immediate cause of (or rather excuse for) the re- 
bellion was the flogging at the workhouse at Montego Bay 
by a runaway negro (whom the Maroons themselves had 
captured) of two Maroons who had been convicted of 
steahng pigs. Previous to this the Maroons had become 
discontented through the removal of their superintendent, 
which removal they themselves had helped to bring about, 
and disapproval of his successor ; and they also desired new 
land in place of that allotted to them, which they said was 
both worn out and insufficient. But Balcarres, the Governor, 
always held that the origin of the war lay "in French 
principles and the unjustifiable mode of warfare adopted 
in these islands by the ruling power in France." 

At the first outbreak the whole island was put under 
martial law, and the Governor himself, a veteran of the 
American war, went to the seat of war and took command — 
his headquarters being first at Vaughan's Field and later 
at Montego Bay and Castle Wemyss — only leaving the 


scene of operations to meet the Assembly from time to 
time in Spanish Town. Of a nature prone to show his 
military prowess, and moved by fear of the influence of 
the rebeUion taking place in Haiti hard by, and the presence 
of a number of questionable immigrants in Jamaica from 
that island, as well as by his prejudice against the im- 
perium in imperio which the Maroons possessed under the 
treaty of 1738, he gave the rebels, the Maroons of Tre- 
lawny Town (1660 in number all told) only four days in 
which to surrender. Thirty-eight did so ; but on 
August 12 hostihties commenced by a detachment of 
dragoons falling into an ambuscade, five officers and thirty 
men being killed. It is said by some that the Maroons 
chose their time for rising when they did, as they knew 
that with the departure of the July fleet but few troops 
would be left in the island ; and it was only by the prompt 
action on the part of the Governor in stopping the Halifax 
packet for three weeks and in detaining a convoy of troops 
on its way from England to St. Domingo (where it was 
sadly needed), which had actually sailed from Port Royal, 
that forces were available to meet the rebels. These 
forces numbered some four hundred men of the 13th, 
14th, 17th, and 18th Light Dragoons, the 83rd Foot, and 
the recently raised 130th Foot. A tiresome campaign 
then followed, in which twenty actions were fought, the 
seat of the struggle being the wild Cockpit country. By 
another ambuscade Colonel Fitch and two other officers 
lost their lives. 

At the time of the meeting of the Assembly in September 
the rebeUion was not so near quelled as the Governor 
Ijad hoped. 

Lieutenant-Colonel Walpole, of the 13th Light Dragoons, 
who on the death of Colonel Fitch had succeeded to the 
command of the forces, and was made a major-general 
by Balcarres and given very fuU powers, altered the whole 
plan of campaign, teaching the troopers of the 17th Light 
Dragoons, who had had experience in colonial warfare 
with Tarleton in America, to fight on foot and to work 
in twos, so that each could hold the arms of the other while 

ST. JAMES 329 

climbing had to be done — -and by fighting the Maroons 
in their own way paved the way for their surrender. But 
the difi&culty of the operation may be judged by the fact 
that Walpole, after months of experience, wrote to Bal- 
carres that there was " little chance of any but a Maroon 
discovering a Maroon." 

When " cultivation was suspended, the courts at law 
had long been shut up, and the Island seemed more hke a 
garrison under the power of the martial law than a country 
of agriculture and commerce," one hundred bloodhounds 
and forty chasseurs were imported from Cuba to aid in 
tracking the Maroons. The news of the arrival (on Decem- 
ber 14) of. the hounds had such an effect that without 
seeing them the Maroons sued for peace a week or so later, 
only stipulating that they should not be executed or 
transported. The treaty was ratified on December 28, 
but they were only given till January 1 to come in and 
dehver up the runaways. In the end they were trans- 
ported on the grounds that they had not surrendered by 
the date named (the last did not come in until March 21) 
and that they had not surrendered up the runaway slaves 
that had joined them ; and Walpole, considering that 
the Governor and House of Assembly had broken faith 
with the Maroons, whom he had promised should not be 
expatriated, refused a sword of honour offered him by 
that body and resigned his commission in the army, 
which, however, he had contemplated seUing before the 
trouble with Balcarres began. That being so, it is odd 
to read in the " Account of Expenses incurred in the late 
Martial Law " " Present of swords to Lord Balcarres and 
General Walpole, £1950." The regard one feels for Wal- 
pole' s indignation at what he terms " this guilt and in- 
famy," and his skill in quelling the rebeUion, is marred 
when one learns that he Wrote to Balcarres on December 24, 
1795 : " Two Maroons (Smith and Dunbar) have come 
in from Johnstone's party, to beg the King's mercy, and 
the whole are to be here on Saturday, to construct their 
huts within our posts. I have allotted them a spot between 
Cudjoe Town and the Old Town ; there they are to remain 


until the Legislature shall dispose of them. If I might 
give you an opinion, it should be that they should be 
settled near Spanish Town, or some other of the large 
towns in the lowlands ; the access to spirits will soon 
decrease their numbers, and destroy that hardy constitu- 
tion which is nourished by a healthy mountainous situa- 
tion." It is evident that his indignation was aroused 
by the false position in which he had been placed, and not 
by any humanitarian feehng towards the Maroons. It 
is also evident that Balcarres was satisfied in his own 
conscience that his action was right. 

Parkinson was one of the last to surrender, about three 
months after the date fixed. He and Palmer, who had 
both surrendered on August 11, 1795, had been sent to 
the Maroons to try and persuade them to come in. Instead, 
they had rejoined their companies. That General Walpole 
had a high opinion of them as leaders is evident. He says 
in a letter to Lord Balcarres, " If Palmer or Parkinson 
should refuse the terms, which I think they will, you will 
never conquer them." 

In addition to the regular foot soldiers and militia 
employed, the 13th, 14th, 17th, 18th and 20th Light 
Dragoons and the York Hussars, as we have seen, took 
part in the struggle, and Horse-guards in St. James's 
probably owes its name to their having been quartered 
there. Of the Dragoons, the 20th (or. Jamaica) were 
raised in the West Indies. On the whole about 1520 
chosen European troops, aided by twice that number of 
colonial mihtia, were opposed to less than three hundred 
undisciplined Maroons, who were, however, physically 
brave men, and fighting under conditions very favourable 
to themselves and most unfavourable to their adversaries. 
They had a system of horn-signals so perfect that there was 
a distinct call by which every individual man could be 
hailed. The cost of the war was about £350,000 sterling. 
In addition £49,400 was voted to defray the expatriation 

Under date December 22, 1795, General Walpole wrote 
to Lord Balcarres as follows : 

ST. JAMES 331 

I have the honour to enclose to your Lordship the proposals 
of the Maroons to which I have acceded. 

The whole detachment behaved to their credit. I must not 
omit to mention to your Lordship, that to the impression made in 
the action by the undaunted bravery of the 17th Dragoons who 
were more particularly engaged on the 15th, we owe the submission 
of the rebels : The Maroons speak of them with astonishment. 
Mr. Werge was particularly signalized with the advance guard ; 
and the sergeant-major of that regiment is strongly recommended, 
for Ms spirit and activity, by the commanding officer Mr. Edwards, 
who is every way deserving your Lordship's good opinion. 

On February 11, 1796, General Walpole wrote to Lord 
Balcarres as follows : — 

... I am preparing to move the 13th Dragoons through the 
cockpits, from One-Eye. 

On February 20 Lord Balcarres wrote to General 
Walpole : 

... I think it will take a considerable force to guard the 
Maroon prisoners. The IVthLight Dragoonsand the 62ndRegiment 
may occupy Montego-Bay, Falmouth and St. Ann's. 

The 17th are to hold themselves in readiness to embark for St. 
Domingo, when they send shipping to receive them ; of which no 
requisition is as yet made. 

I should be glad to know your wish as to the quartering of the 
13th Light Dragoons on their arrival. 

The Idth regiment of Light Dragoons are not to remain in this 
country if quiet is restored. If, however, the banditti of runaway 
slaves have gone down to Old Woman Savanna, they must occupy 
posts in that neighbourhood ; the country that lies behind it I 
believe never was explored. 

The " XX (or Jamaica) Regiment of Light Dragoons " 
was formed in 1792 and is last mentioned in the year 
1802, when it was transferred to the Enghsh establish- 

Major-Gen. Robert R. Gillespie, who was one of the 
first lieutenants appointed when the regiment was raised 
in 1792, entered the army^n 1783. When in the follovidng 
year the French planters in San Domingo apphed to 
Jamaica for aid, he volunteered for service with the infantry, 


and in the campaign there distinguished himself for bravery, 
returning home at the fall of Porl^au-Prince. On being 
appointed in 1795 major of brigade to General Wilford, 
he accompanied him to San Domingo, and soon afterwards,, 
though small in stature, killed six men single handed. 
Returniug to Jamaica, he assumed command of the regi- 
ment, and in 1799 was recommended by the lieutenant- 
governor and House of Assembly for the rank of lieu- 
tenant-colonel and was so gazetted. He was offered 
by Lord Hugh Seymour the military command at Cura9oa ; 
but Lord Balcarres said he could not spare him. At the 
Peace of Amiens in 1802, when the 20th Light Dragoons 
were transferred to the EngHsh estabUshment, Gillespie 
returned home in command, and the House of Assembly, 
glad to be rid of the regiment, voted one hundred pounds • 
for a sword of honour for him. He subsequently had a 
briUiant career in the East, and in 1812 he received the 
thanks of the commander-in-chief in India, Sir George' 
Nugent, for services in connection with the PaUmbang 

With regard to the unfairness to them in expatriating- 
them, it is only just to those who did it to add that those 
few Maroons to whom was offered liberty to stay in Jamaica 
elected to go with the rest, on the grounds that " they 
feared they could never live in security and quiet with the 
free people of colour and negroes in this island." Balcarres 
was severely attacked in England for the use he made of 
the dogs from Cuba ; but he, it would seem, fuUy justified 
his action in that matter. 

On June 6, 1796, the Maroons left Port Royal in three 
ships with the 96th Regiment as guard, and under convoy of 
H.M.S. Africa. The arrival of the exiles in Hahfax is thus 
described in " Maroons of Jamaica and Nova Scotia, by 
J. C. Hamilton, LL.B." in " Proceedings of the Canadian 
Institute, April 1890 " : " Four years after this" (i.e. in 
1796) three ships entered the harbour of Hahfax, laden 
with the most extraordinary cargoes that ever entered 
that port. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, then in com- 
mand at Halifax, boarded the Dover, was met by Colonel 

ST. JAMES 333 

W. D. Quarrell, commissary-general of Jamaica, with 
whom Mr. Alexander Ouchterlony was associated, and a 
detachment of the 96th Regiment drawn up on board to 
receiye him. Black men of good proportions, with many 
women and children, all in neat uniform attire, were 
mustered in hnes. Other transports, the Mary and Anne, 
were, his Highness was informed, about to follow, and 
the main cargo was six hundred Maroons exiled from 
Jamaica, with soldiers to guard them and meet any attacks 
from French vessels on the voyage. 

" The Prince was struck with the fine appearance of the 
black men, but the citizens had heard of how Jamaica 
had been harried by its black banditti, and were unwilhng 
at first to have them added to their population." 

They worked at the fortifications that were being erected 
to meet the threatened attack of the French fleet under 
Richery ; and Maroon Hill, near Halifax, stiU bears their 
name. But the settlement of the Maroons in Nova Scotia 
was ill-conceived and ill-controlled, and they, being them- 
selves unwilling to work, and both Jamaica and Nova 
Scotia unwiUing to keep them in idleness, foUowed in 1800 
those " loyal negroes " of the United States who had 
migrated first to Canada and then to Sierra Leone. In 
the transport Asia 550 of them reached Sierra Leone, 
where, as no particular place could be secured for their 
location, efforts to obtain an island having failed, they 
were allotted a place in Granville Town, under a super- 
intendent. Lieutenant Odbum. The " Settlers' Rising " 
was in progress when they arrived, and they assisted in 
queUing it. 

Soon after the Trelawny Town Maroons were trans- 
ported from Jamaica, barracks were erected on the site of 
their old town, and regiments of British troops were main- 
tained there until the middle of the nineteenth century, 
when they were withdrawn at the time of the Crimean 
war. Trelawny Town was for a time the headquarters of 
the troops stationed in the county of Cornwall, but it later 
was superseded by Falmouth. The barracks at Trelawny 
Town have fallen into ruins, but the evidence of the 


residents in the neighbourhood of a number of white 
soldiers in the past exists in some of the peasantry there 

In 1839 Maroon Town was made the site of a sana- 
torium for European troops, and huts were erected there 
for the purpose, and the 68th Regiment was stationed 

On a visit made to the Cockpit country in 1905 by the 
present writer and a friend, on entering the neighbour- 
hood of Trelawny Town, or Maroon Town as it is now 
called, we came across the remains of a block-house which 
had loopholed chambers at three corners and evidently 
had had an upper storey, now disappeared, for dwelling 
purposes. Being now in the heart of the Cockpit country 
we could study its formation in detail. At one time it 
gave the impression of a number of stunted cones rising 
from a plain ; at another the feeling was one of a number 
of basins like the Devil's Punch-bowls of England ; at all 
times, except where there was a clearing for corn, bananas 
or bread-kind, it appeared thickly wooded — ^mahogany, 
cedar, mahoe, Santa Maria, and broadleaf being prominent ; 
and mosquito wood and red shingle wood, and other lesser 
known woods, being pointed out by our guide. As the 
bridle path now runs at some distance from the rocks, 
which here and there crop out of the overhanging fohage 
and assume the form of solid masonry, tending to deceive 
one into thinking that one is in front of the ruin of some 
fort, it cannot be by it that the troops travelled when 
the Maroons hurled stones on them from above. As one 
rides along these defiles the mournful note of the solitaire 
suggests the nervousness which might have fallen on the 
soldiers marching through a thickly wooded, rocky, un- 
known country, every crag of which might conceal a foe, 
to whose foot such mountain paths were familiar. At 
Maroon Town itself we found a clearing on which cattle 
were grazing, and a pohce station (just abandoned) built 
on the site of the officers' quarters of half a century ago. 
Near by was the well which supphed the settlement with 
water, and a barracks, some 130 ft. long by 30 ft. broad, 

ST. JAMES 335 

.which had once possessed an upper storey of wood, little 
now remaining of the stoutly built lower walls of limestone 
quarried in the neighbourhood. There also were the 
powder-house and the cells, the hospital and the kitchens 
and the mess-house, which, placed on an immense rook 
open to the sea breeze from the east, commanded a view 
over Trelawny to the sea by Falmouth miles away. It was 
once a substantial building of three storeys, the solid steps 
leading up to the second floor being still usable. Opposite 
the mess-house rise two large conical hills calling to mind 
the twin Pitons of St. Lucia — the one called Gun Hill 
(because a gun had been placed in position there, possibly 
the howitzer with which Walpole did great execution), 
the other Garrison Hill. Then we saw the tank some 
thirty feet long, fed by a clear stream in which the soldiers 
were wont to bathe ; then, saddest of all, a few tombs — 
one recalling the death in 1840 of a coloured sergeant of 
the 68th (or Durham) Regiment, another to the vnfe of a 
quartermaster of the 38th Regiment who died in 1846, and 
a third to the paymaster of the 101st Regiment who died 
in 1810 ; while a nameless tomb, the oldest inhabitant 
told us, belonged to a Colonel Skeate, who, being ill when 
his regiment left, was buried by the incoming regiment. 
The wood behind the poHce station was, we were told, 
almost impassable. For miles the thick woods lie un- 
trodden by man, except when a few Maroons or other 
negroes go hunting the wild hogs which abound, or " fowl- 
ing," i.e. shooting pigeons. 

After leaving Maroon Town we visited the chief settle- 
ment of the Maroons in the west end of the island, Accom- 
pong, and experienced rough travelling. In places there 
was nothing but the bare limestone rock for yards, without 
a scrap of earth. Nothing but a pony bred in the district 
could have negotiated it successfully. But once on the 
main path riding was easy. One was struck by the amount 
of cultivation on either hand ; here and there a patch of 
bananas, here and there yams, and so on. On reaching 
the town of Accompong we saw a number of houses scat- 
tered about and a small church nearing completion. Across 


a " pit " stood the ". Colonel's " house on the opposite 
side. There was a school-house, presided over by a teacher 
trained in the elementary school at Retirement hard 
by ; but the Maroons apparently did not set much store 
by education, and only about a fourth of their children 
attended school. 

The " Colonel's " brother told us he knew more of their 
old language (Coromantyn) than any one else, but all we 
could get out of them was pig = bracho, bull = aboukani, 
cow = aboukress. From a philological point of view 
one views them with suspicion, although the late Major 
J. W. Powell, of the Bureau of Ethnology of the United 
States, assured the writer that' when he visited these 
Maroons a year or two ago, he had discovered them talking 
their native language. Bryan Edwards tells us that in 
his day their language was " a barbarous dissonance of 
the African dialects with a mixture of Spanish and broken 

To the ordinary observer there is little or nothing to 
differentiate the Maroons from the ordinary "bush-negroes," 
although they seem to possess more than an ordinary 
share of suspiciousness — a suspiciousness which was en- 
gendered by the treatment which their brothers of Tre- 
lawny Town received from Balcarres, and has been kept 
aKve at odd times by subsequent actions. This curious 
group of people numbering about 800 dwelt, each family 
in its own house, in the centre of their 1200 acres, which 
they hold in common. 

The following technical description of the Cockpit country, 
wherein Maroon Town and Accompong are situated, 
is taken from Mr. F. C. Nicholas's paper on the subject 
in the " Journal of the Institute of Jamaica," 1897. 

A marked feature of the geology of the West Indies is found 
in the extensive deposits of massive white limestone common to 
all this part of the world. This formation, though hard and com- 
pact, disintegrates freely ; tall cliffs and broken rocks are honey- 
combed with openings and pit-marks, presenting a rough jagged 
surface, which is sometimes almost impassable. 

The Cockpit coiintry where this formation is typical is situated 
in the west central part of Jamaica, and comprises an area some ten 

ST. JAMES 337 

by fifteen miles in extent, and for the greater part one vast lab3T:inth 
of glades among rough cliffs, with here and there patches of smoother 
ground, and at other places, coming one after the other, a general 
collection of impassable sink-holes, called cockpits. 

The impression one gets in first visiting this region is that it 
is of little interest ; just a path between a few not very high cliffs. 
There is such a sameness about it all that one is constantly expecting 
the next turn to lead out into the open country, or to a cultivated 
estate. After a few hours' hard scrambling one realises that here in 
truth there is a wilderness of rocks. 

A large part of the Cockpit country has never been explored, 
nor is it probable that it ever will be, because the land is useless. 
One can cross the district from north to south, and east to west, 
and go all round it ; sufficient to show that there is nothing to com- 
pensate for the effort, and that one part is quite similar to all the 
others. The elevations averaged from 1400 ft. to 1500 ft. In the 
glades I noted aneroid readings as low as 800 ft. ; while on some of 
the ridges which cross this district N.E. and S.W., bending at times 
N. and S., I took readings as high as 2300 ft. These are the 
extremes, the average variation is about 200 ft. ; but these eleva- 
tions are abrupt and almost precipitous over nearly all the region. 

In 1898 there arose, owing to a not unfrequent source, 
disputes about land, some slight trouble amongst the 
Maroons of Charles Town, which was, however, effectually 
suppressed by the prompt action of the general com- 
manding the forces. It, however, gave to the late Phil 
Robinson, who was in the island at the time, an opportunity 
to write an article for the " Contemporary Review," entitled 
" A Dress Rehearsal of Rebellion among the Maroons at 
Annotto Bay, Jamaica." 

In 1796 " The Proceedings of the Honourable House 
of Assembly relative to the Maroons ; including the corre- 
spondence between the Right Honourable Earl Balcarres 
and the Honourable Major- General Walpole, during the 
Maroon rebelhon ; with the report of the Joint Special 
Secret Committee, to whom those papers were referred," 
edited by Bryan Edwards, was pubUshed at St. Jago de 
la Vega ; while in the same year was published in London 
" The Proceedings of the Governor and Assembly of 
Jamaica, in regard to the Maroon negroes : published 
by order of the Assembly. To which is prefixed an intro- 
ductory account, containing observations on the disposition, 


character, manners, and habits of life, of the Maroons, 
and a detail of the origin, progress and termination of the 
late war between those people and the white inhabitants." 
This was published in great measure as an answer to the 
attack made by Fox in the House of Commons on the 
action of the Assembly of Jamaica with regard to the 
Maroons. The same " Account of the Maroon Negroes 
in the Island of Jamaica " was included in Bryan Edwards' 
"Historical Survey of the Island of St. Domingo," pub- 
lished in 1801. 

In the " Lives of the Lindsays," published in 1858, 
is an account of " The Rise, Progress and Termination 
of the Maroon War." Accounts of the Maroons will also 
be found in the histories of Long (to whom Edwards owns 
his indebtedness) and Bridges. The story of the Maroon 
War, from a military point of view, is told in the 7th 
chapter of the " History of the 17th Lancers," by the 
Honourable J. W. Fortescue, and in a briefer form in the 
same writer's " History of the British Army." " The 
Maroon," the worii of the well-known novelist. Captain 
Mayne Reid (first pubHshed in 1862), described a sugar 
estate named " Welcome Hall " near Montego Bay, and 
a neighbouring pen, and the scene is laid entirely in St. 
James and Trelawny. The time is shortly anterior to 
the passing of the Emancipation Act in 1833, and the 
story, which incidentally imparts much information about 
local natural history and social life at the time, is, as might 
be expected from its author, fuU of exciting adventures. 

In 1898 Lady Blake contributed an article on " The 
Maroons of Jamaica" to the "North American Review." 

The pubhslied accounts of the Maroon War are all more 
or less of a partisan spirit. Bryan Edwards holds a brief 
for the planters, Dallas for the Maroons, the writer of the 
"Lives of the Lindsays" for Balcarres, and even Mr. 
Fortescue shows a slight partiality for Walpole. 

An account of the cantonment of Maroon Town in 
1848 is given in " Memorials of Captain Hedley Vicars, 
97th Regiment," 1881. 

A brief account of the Maroons in Sierra Leone is given 

ST. JAMES 339 

in " The Rise of British West Africa," by Claude George 

The wife of William Scarlett (the second), who has been 
alluded to in the chapter dealing with St. Andrew, had 
the Lecount estate in the parish of St. John, which she 
parted with to Francis Morgan, mariner, her brother-in- 
law, he being the husband of her sister Elizabeth. This 
Wilham (the second) had a son William, baptized in St. 
Andrew's parish church on January 17, 1711, but he is 
the only child so recorded. His (Wilham the second) 
second son, James Scarlett, had estates in St. James, which 
by his will, proved in 1777, he left amongst his eleven 
children, and this James's second son was the Robert 
Scarlett of Duckett's Spring, alluded to above. 

Robert Scarlett was born in 1737, probably in St. James. 
He died in 1798, and was buried in Montego Bay on 
March 18. He owned Duckett's Spring, Success estate 
and Forest pen in St. James. Scarlett's Hall (not far from 
Rose Hall and Palmyra) was a property of the family. 

Ehzabeth Anghn, daughter of Philip AngHn, of Paradise 
estate, was born on June 25, 1747, and married firstly 
one John Wright, a planter, who was killed in her presence 
by revolted slaves in 1763 or 1764, in the month of March, 
on the estate of a Mr. Griswold. In 1765 she married 
Robert Scarlett, of Duckett's Spring, and had by him 
thirteen children, but only four sons and three daughters 
survived their father, the four sons being Philip 
Anghn Scarlett, custos and member of Assembly for 
Hanover from 1816 till his death in 1823 ; James 
Scarlett, " Silver-tongued Scarlett," afterwards Lord 
Chief Baron of the Exchequer and first Lord Abinger ; 
Robert Scarlett, M.D. of Edinburgh 1795, member of the 
Assembly for St. James in 1803-07, and later of the Council ; 
and Sir Wilham Anglin Scarlett. Ehzabeth Anghn 
died in 1828 at Montego Bay, and was buried there on 
August 28. 

Mary, daughter of John Lawrence, and wife of Philip 
Anghn, of Paradise estate, was the mother of the above 


mentioned EKzabeth. She was born in 1713 and died in 

Philip AngHn Scarlett, member of the Assembly for 
Hanover, was the eldest son of Robert Scarlett, of Duckett's 
Spring, and the owner of Cambridge estate, where the 
railway now runs on the way to Montego Bay, and near 
the road to Duckett's. 

William Anghn Scarlett was born on June 24, 1777. 
He died at Grove pen in Manchester on October 9, 1831, 
and lies buried at Mandeville. The following is the inscrip- 
tion on his tombstone : " Here rest the mortal remains 
of the Honourable Sir Wilham Scarlett, Knight, ten years 
Chief Justice of Jamaica. He died October 9, 1831, aged 54. 
' The memory of the just is blessed.' " He married in 
July 1809 Mary, daughter of Joseph Williams, of Luana 
estate in the parish of St. Elizabeth ; in that year he was 
member of the Assembly for St. James. He became chief 
justice of Jamaica in 1821. He was knighted in 1829. 
His widow survived him for one year, dying at Worthing 
in Sussex, England, in 1832. In 1823 he presided over 
the trial of Augustus Hardin Beaumont, the proprietor of 
a somewhat scandalous paper called "The Trifler," first 
published in that year, for a libel on the Governor, the 
Duke of Manchester. The trial was the first to take place 
in the new court house, Kingston, which, wrecked by the 
earthquake of 1907, was only pulled down recently. The 
trial lasted for fourteen hours, finishing at 12.30 a.m., and 
ended in a verdict of "Not Guilty." On leaving the 
court house the chief justice and attorney-general (Burge) 
were hissed and pelted with btones. 

In the rebellion of 1831 the great house and works on 
both Cambridge and Duckett's Spring were destroyed. 
On the former were 196 slaves, on the latter 221. At the 
time of Emancipation nine Scarletts owned properties in 
Hanover, Trelawny, St. James, St. Ann, St. Thomas-in- 
the-Vale and Kingston, with an aggregate of 327 slaves. 

At Cambridge is still to be seen a family burial vault. 
At Duckett's are the remains of the works and the great 
house. The latter was a square building of stone, with 



two loopholed circular towers at diagonally opposite 
corners. A similar arrangement is observable at The 
Cottage, on Cow Park, hard by in Westmoreland. 

In the history gallery of the Institute of Jamaica are 
photographic reproductions of paintings of five members 
and connections of the Scarlett family : Robert Scarlett 
of Duckett's Spring, and Elizabeth Anglin his wife ; Mary 
AngHn, mother of Elizabeth Anglin, and PhiHp Anghn 
Scarlett, the eldest son of Robert ; and his fourth son, 
Sir William Anglin Scarlett, chief justice of Jamaica. 


The slave boy who holds the game bag in the portrait of 
Robert Scarlett was called OUver, and was entailed very 
strictly on his master's death. 

Grove Hill house is mentioned in " Tom Cringle's 
Log." Rose Hall, about 10 miles from Montego Bay, is 
one of the finest examples of Jamaica architecture of the 
old time. It wa serected in 1760 at a cost of £30,000 by 
George Ash, the second husband of Rose KeUy (b. 1724). 
Her fourth husband was the Hon. John Palmer. It is 
said to have been the scene of a tragedy in the eighteenth 
century, when the owner, Annie Mary Paterson, wife of 
John Rose Palmer, grand-nephew of the Hon. John Palmer, 
was murdered by her slaves ; but the occurrence more 
probably took place at Palmyra hard by. In 1831 the 
great house at Rose Hall was unoccupied and one wing 
had been removed, while a gable end is all that remains 


of the other. Adelphi (formerly called Stretch and 
Set) is said to have been the first spot on the north side 
at which reUgious instruction was given to the slaves. 
At Running Gut estate are monuments of the Lawrence 
family, e.g. Benjamin Lawrence (d. 1776). The Law- 
rences for many years owned property from Li' tie River 
to Montego Bay. The last portion was sold in 1910. 
Spring Mount estate has monuments of the Heath family, 
and Catherine Hall estate has tombs of Stone, Barnett, 
Ross, and others. Cinnamon Hill is interesting as being 
the home of the Barretts and the Moultons, from whom 
descended the poetess wife of the poet Robert Browning. 
Carlton formerly belonged to an old Scottish family, the 
Gordons of Earlston, well known by readers of Crockett's 
books, and part of the property is still called Earlston. At 
California and Williamsfleld are Arawak kitchen mid- 
dens ; at Tryall an Arawak kitchen midden and cave, 
indicating the existence at one time of an important Indian 
settlement ; and at Kempshot, the site of the observatory 
of the government meteorologist, there is an Arawak rock- 
carving. Brandon Hill has a curious cave ; this was 
the town house of the Hon. John Palmer, of Rose Hall. 
There is another cave at Seven Rivers, near Cambridge, 
with stalactites. Miranda Hill has Spanish remains. 
Seaford Town, in St. James, is named after Lord Seaford, 
who there established a settlement of German immigrants 
from Hanover. Some account of his family is given in the 
chapter on St. Mary. 



Kingston and Port Royal excepted, Hanover is the 
smallest parish in area in the island. When it was formed 
the Assembly wished to call it St. Sophia in honour of 
the mother of George I, but in this it was overridden 
by the Council, and the name was chosen with reference to 
the reigning family in England. In the " Jamaica Al- 
manac " for 1751 it is called, German fashion, Hannover. 

In the Church of Lucea is a monument to Sir Simon 
Clarke, 7th baronet (d. 1777) by Flaxman. The inscription 
runs : "In this church is deposited the mortal part of Sir 
Simon Clarke, Bart., who was born in this island A. D. 1727, 
and died on the 2nd of November, 1777, having that day 
completed his 50th year." His father, the sixth baronet, 
represented St. John in the Assembly in 1731, and St. 
Mary in 1732 and 1736, and was called to the Council in 
1739. Sir Simon, the seventh baronet, represented Hanover 
in the Assembly in 1760 and 1772. By his wife, Anne 
Haughton, eldest daughter and co-heir of PhiHp Haughton, 
he left two sons, Philip Haughton and Simon Haughton. 
Sir Simon Peter, the fifth baronet, was an officer in the 
royal navy in 1730, but was transported for highway 
robbery to Jamaica, where his uncle held the office of 
patent clerk of the Crown. 

Martin Rusea, a IVench refugee, in grateful recollec- 
tion of the hospitality manifested towards him on his 
arrival and settlement in the colony, left by his will, 
dated July 23, 1764, all his real and personal estate, which 
afterwards realised £4500 currency (£2700 sterhng), for the 
estabhshment of a free school in the parish of Hanover. 



.The devise was disputed, but in 1777 an Act was 
passed (18 Geo. 3, chap. 18) settling the trust and estab- 
lishing an undenominational school, which has been main- 
tained since in Lucea. It is at present situated in the 
old barracks, and is known as Rusea's School. 

Trinity Chapel, Green Island, has the tomb of Hugh 
Munro (d. 1829) ; at Orange Bay estate is the tomb of 
Colonel James Campbell (d. 1744) and others of the family, 
including one to John Campbell, custos of the parish 
(d. 1808, aged 76) " erected by his dutiful and affectionate 
nephew, John Blagrove, Esq.," the John Blagrove, alluded 
to in the account of Cardiff Hall, in St. Ann, to whom 
Campbell owned his indebtedness for much financial assis- 
tance in his will, and to whom he left his estates under 
certain conditions. He manumitted certain of his mulatto 
slaves and left them money to purchase negroes to assist 
them in carrying on their business. In a codicil he states : 

It is my will and desire also that the place of my interment 
should be about 20 feet in direct line from the front Bow windows 
of the Hospital [for the completion of which he made provision] 
and that a sun-dial be erected over my grave. The Sun Dial 
18 inches in diameter to be supported by both hands upon the head 
of a Leaden figure of a Negro man with a bandage about his waist 
Kneeling upon the right knee, placed upon a platform laid with 
Bristol Flags, six feet square and 18 inches higher than the ground 
round about, so that it requires three steps of Bristol Flags six 
inches high and 18 inches wide to get up to the platform, and this 
will effectually prevent the Cattle and Horses while pasturing from 
rubbing against it, and putting it out of plumb. 

At Haughton Court Mountain is the tomb of Christopher 
Crooks (d. 1762). The tomb of John Pearce is on the 
parochial road between Hopewell and Welcome ; he was 
murdered by the slaves of the adjoining estate on Decem- 
ber 30, 1831. Salt Spring estate burial-ground has a 
monument to John Campbell (d. 1782) ; Haughton Court 
burial-ground has tombs of Colonel Richard Haughton 
(d. 1740), Jonathan Haughton (d. 1767), and others 
of the family who came to Jamaica ; from Barbados ; 
Fat Hog Quarter Estate burial-ground has tombs of 
Philip Haughton (d. 1765) and others of the family ; and at 


Point Estate burial-ground are tombs of David Dehaney 
(d. 1701) and others of the family. Haughton Hall, 
Rhodes Hill, New-found River and Kew are all places 
with Arawak kitchen-middens. At The Bluff, Round 
Hill, is a stone to James Reid (d. 1772). Cousin's 
Cove is interesting as being the property which caused 
Mrs. Flora Annie Steel, its present owner, to visit Jamaica 
in 1914 on account of a lawsuit connected with it. 

Shettlewood, originally belonging to an owner of that 
name, was for many years, with MontpelHer, the 
property of the Elhs family. In the closing years of the 
nineteenth century extensive tobacco-growing experi- 
ments were carried out, but were ultimately abandoned. 
Both pens of recent years have had many head of im- 
ported Indian cattle placed on them. 



WESTMOBELAifD, which became a parish in 1703, was 
probally so called because it is the westernmost parish 
in the colony. 

The chief town was formeriy called Queen's Town 
(now Cross Path) and contained a church and many in- 
habitants, but in 1730 Savanna-la-Mar ("the plain by 
the sea ") rose into fame. 

Its sad fate in the hurricane of 1744 can never be re- 
membered without horror. " The sea bursting its ancient 
limits overwhelmed that unhappy town and swept it to 
instant destruction, leaving not a vestige of man, beast, or 
habitation behind. So sudden and comprehensive was 
the stroke," says Bryan Edwards, " that I think the catas- 
trophe of Savanna-la-Mar was even more terrible, in 
many respects, than that of Port Royal." 

The " Spanish road from Bluefields Bay to Martha 
Brae, by the head of the Great River," as Long wrote, is 
said to be still in existence. 

The old parish Chuich of Savanna-la-Mar was pulled 
down in 1904 in order that a new and more suitable build- 
ing be erected in its place. The old building took the 
place of what must have been the first parish church 
erected there late in the seventeenth century or early in the 
eighteenth century. 

The church stood somewhere along the sea beach. It 
was destroyed in the storm on October 3, 1780. For some 
years services were held in a temporary building, and in 
1797 the foundation-stone of the second church was laid, 
but it would seem that it was really intended to be a 



temporary structure. It was opened for divine service in 
1799, so considering that it was a wooden building it had 
done good service. While excavating, the old foundation- 
stone was discovered, and in it was inlaid a brass plate in 
a fine state of preservation, bearing the following inscrip- 
tion : 

Deo Juvante 
Hoc primum Saxum 

Templi hujus 

ParochisB Westmorise 


Ornatissimus Georgius Murray, Arm. 

Gustos Rotulorum 


Multis Paroohianis prfeclaris) 


Die quarto Mensis Junii 

Natatis Auspicatissimo 

Annoque Regni trioesimo Septimo 

Georgii Tertii 

Salutis humanae 


Thoma Stewart, Rectors 

Hugone IVaser, Architecto 

D. G. 
G. L. Robertson, Sculpt. 

Which may be thus translated : 

Thanks be to God, the Hon. George Murray, Esquire, Gustos, 
in the presence of many distinguished parishioners, laid the founda- 
tion-stone of this Ghurch of the Parish of Westmoreland, in Jamaica, 
on the fourth day of June, on the hallowed birthday and in the 
thirty-seventh year of the reign of George III, and (in the year) of 
man's salvation, 1797. Thomas Stewart, Rector. Hugh jFraser, 
Architect. To the glory of God. C. L. Robertson engraved 

[this plate]. 

The accompanying list copied from an old bible once 
in the possession of a former beadle, W. Robertson, gives 
the following rectors : 

Rev. John Dickson From 1739 Died July 23, 1747 

Rev. John Pool Prom 1747 Died Deo. 1766 

Rev. Thomas Pollen From 1767 Died 1768 


Rev. William Bar- 
tholomew, A.M. IVom July 1768 Died Sept. 15, 1780 
Rev. Hanford Left Dec. 1793 
Rev. Thomas Stewart From Dec. 17, 1793 To Sept. 15, 1815 
Rev. Edmiind Pope, LL.D. From Sept. 15, 1815 To July 9, 1820 
Rev. James Dawn, A.M. From July 16, 1820 Died Jan. 25, 1822 
Rev. W. W. Baynes Left Jan. 25, 1823 
Rev. John Mclntyre Left Dec. 1 , 1 827 
Rev. Thos. Stewart, D.D. Left Dec. 6, 1847 
Rev. Wm. Mayhew, M.A. Left Nov. 13, 1860 
Rev. Daniel Fidler, B.D. Died Apr. 11, 1863 
Rev. Josias Cork Left Sept. 21, 1870 

R:::?drrdSL} ^oo^^-^^^^ 

Rev. Henry Clarke Till April 1894 

Archdeacon Henderson 

Davis, F.K.C. Died Jan. 1915 

The new building is a stone structure with, a clerestory of 
wood. It is in length 105 ft. 3 in. ; width 56 ft., with an 
apse 13 ft. 6 in. by 23 ft. It is dedicated to St. George. 
The foundation-stone was laid on St. George's Day, 1903, 
and the building was consecrated St. George's Day, 

Where Bluefields now stands once stood probably the 
township of Oristan, one of the three principal early. 
" cities " formed by the Spaniards in Jamaica, named 
after a town in Sardinia when that island was under the 
crown of Spain. Except for Sevilla (St. Ann's Bay), 
Bluefields was the only town mentioned in the description 
of Jamaica supplied by Gage to Cromwell. It was con- 
nected by road with MeUila (near Montego Bay) on the 
north, and with Esquivel (Old Harbour) to the east. It 
had been deserted by the founders as a place of settle- 
ment prior to 1655, although it was adopted as a tem- 
porary place of residence by a number of Spaniards 
in 1657, before they were finally driven off the island. 
Of it Blome writes in his " Description of the Island of 
Jamaica, with other Isles and Territories in America " 
(1672) :— 

Orista reguards the South-Sea, in which are many Mocks, and 
amongst their Banks, some Isles, as Servavilla, Quitosvena and 


Sfrrana, where Augustin Pedro Serrano lost his Vessel, and saved 
onely himself, and here in a solitary and lone Condition passed away 
3 Yeares ; at the end of which time he had the company of a Marriner 
for 4 Years more, that was likewise there Ship-wracH, and also alone 
saved himself." 

The Serrano above mentioned was a Spanish hidalgo, a 
passenger in one of the plate fleets during the reign of 
Charles V, whose ship was wrecked on the island. When, 
after his sojourn there, he reached Spain, Serrano was 
sent into Germany to tell his experiences to the Emperor, 
who gave him an order on the mines of Peru for four thou- 
sand eight hundred ducats, but he died on his way to 

Ruins of Oristan existed when Leshe wrote in 1739. 
In the Assembly convened in October 1664, Bluefields 
was represented by James Perkman and Christopher Pinder ; 
but at the next election (January, 1671-72) the district 
was called St. Elizabeth. 

Whether Bluefields owes its name, as does its name- 
sake Blewfields in Nicaragua, to the use made of it by 
Bleevelt, the buccaneer, is merely conjecture. In the 
map accompanying Blome's " Description of Jamaica " 
it is called Blew Fields. 

In later days Bluefields has been chiefly noted as the 
temporary home of the celebrated naturahst Philip Henry 
Gosse, well known as the inventor of the marine aquarium, 
whose writings have done much to bring the charms of 
Jamaica to the notice of students of natural history. 
While on the one hand he was, as Huxley called him, an 
" honest hodman of science," on the other the unacademic 
freshness of his early habit of mind, which met with the 
hearty approval of Darwin and Owen, remained through 
life, and gave, as his son points out in his Life, its pleasant 
tincture to all his subsequent works ; and this is especially 
noticeable in his " Naturahst's Sojourn," " one of the most 
valuable and best written of his books." He was not a 
true biologist ; his real work in hfe was the practical 
study of animal forms in detail, and his chief attempts 
at theorising, " Life " and " Omphalos," were failures. 


In these days of nature study it may be interesting to quote 
the following passage from the preface to the " Naturalist's 
Sojourn," written more than half a century ago : 

That alone is worthy to be called Natural History, which in- 
vestigates and records the condition of living things, of things in a 
state of nature ; if animals, of living animals : — which tells of their 
" sayings and doings," their varied notes and utterances, songs and 
cries ; their actions, in ease and under the pressure of circumstances ; 
their affections and passions towards their young, towards each 
other, towards other animals, towards man ; their various arts 
and devices to protect their progeny, to procure food, to escape 
from their enemies, to defend themselves from attacks ; their 
ingenious resources for concealment ; their stratagems to overcome 
their victims ; their modes of bringing forth, of feeding and of 
training their offspring ; the relations of their structure to their 
wants and habits ; the countries in which they dwell ; their con- 
nexion with the inanimate world around them, mountain or plain, 
forest or field, barren heath or bushy dell, open savannah or wild 
hidden glen, river, lake or sea : — this would be indeed zoology, i.e. 
the science of living creatures. 

Dr. Duerdon, in his article on Gosse, which appeared 
in the " Journal of the Institute of Jamaica " in 1899, 

says : 

There is no writer who has thrown such a charm around the 
natural history of Jamaica, or who has contributed in the same 
degree to make known the various representatives of its topical 
fauna, as Philip Henry Gosse. Probably no other country possesses 
such a strictly accurate and entertaining account of the nature and 
activities of its leading animals, such as they were fifty years ago, 
as is found in the pages of " A Naturalist's Sojourn in Jamaica." 
With its minute and attractively written observations and des- 
criptions of almost everything which could appeal to the eye of a 
naturalist, Gosse has accomplished for Jamaica what Gilbert White, 
in his letters of last century, performed for Selborne. 

Eorn in 1810, Gosse was from 1827 to 1835 in an office 
in Newfoundland ; from 1835 to 1838 in Canada. In 
1836 he wrote his " Entomology of Newfoundland " 
(which still remains unpubHshed) ; after a sojourn in 
Canada and Alabama he returned to England in 1839 
and sold the MS. of his "Canadian Naturahst," which 
had been written on his homeward voyage. He pubhshed 
his "Introduction of Zoology" in 1843. In 1844 he 


started for Jamaica, where he remained for eighteen 
months at Bluefields as the paying guest of a Moravian 
minister and his wife, and collected and sent home speci- 
mens of many rare animals. In 1847 he published his 
" Birds of Jamaica," and in 1849 a folio volume of plates 
in illustration. In 1851 he produced his " Natiuralist's 
Sojourn in Jamaica," in which he was much assisted by 
Richard Hill, one of Jamaica's most talented sons. Several 
other works followed and added to his reputation. In 
1856 he was elected a FeUow of the Royal Society, to the 
Transactions of which he contributed numerous papers. 
He died in 1888, after many years of seclusion, at St. 
Mary's Church, Devonshire. Gosse's main purpose in 
visiting Jamaica was the collection, for dealers at home, 
of the animals and plants, particularly in such popular 
groups as insects, birds, shells and orchids. That he was 
an eminently successful collector in every department 
may be gathered from the number of objects which he 
gives in the " Sojourn," namely : Mammalia, 41 specimens ; 
Birds, 1510 ; Reptiles, 102 ; Pishes, 94 ; Nests and Eggs, 
34 ; Shells (marine), 1276 ; (terrestrial and fluviatile), 
about 1850 ; Crustacea, 100 ; Insects (including Arach- 
nida and Myriapoda), about 7800 ; Echinodermata, 57 ; 
Zoophytes, &c., 42 ; Sponges, 550 ; Dried plants, about 
5000 ; Living plants (Orchidese), about 800 ; Bulbs and 
Suckers, 932 ; Cacti, 32 ; Ferns, 222 ; other Living Plants 
and Young Trees, &c., 117 ; large Capsules and Seed- 
vessels, 383 ; Seeds of Flowering Plants, 170 packets ; 
Palm seeds, 14 boxes ; Gums, 24 specimens ; Woods, 50 

The Bluefields of to-day differs but little from its con- 
dition of fifty years ago. The actual property to which 
the name is applied was in Gosse's time in a very advanced 
ruinate condition, having been thrown up as an estate 
years before. When he was there the prospect of planters 
was by no means bright " In 1844," he says, " the beau- 
tiful sugar estates throughout the Island were half desolate, 
and the planters had either ceased to reside in their man- 
sions or had pitifully retrenched their expenses." 


A tinted lithograph of Bluefields House and its imme- 
diate surroundings forms the frontispiece to the " Natu- 
ralist's Sojourn" ; but various alterations have been effected 
in the house since the drawing was made, and the internal 
re-arrangements have been so numerous that the actual 
room used by Gosse — a naturalist's workroom — cannot 
now be identified. A view of Bluefields, entitled " The 
Torch was lying in Bluefields Bay," also forms the frontis- 
piece to one of the many editions of " Tom Cringle's Log," 
i.e. the third volume of " Blackwood's Standard Novels," 
published in 1842. Gosse gave a copy of this work to his 
young son on his request for information regarding the 
West Indies. Bluefields River — ^the " romantic httle 
stream," as he fondly terms it — stiU gUdes and tumbles 
down to the sea, its waters as pure and fresh as ever and 
as well stocked with mullet, crayfish, and crabs as when 
the naturalist wandered along its banks, turned aside 
its stones or searched its crevices for specimens, or bathed 
in its enticing pools. The Bluefields hills behind stretch 
upwards, their sides as thickly wooded as when Gosse 
first gazed upon them from Bluefields Bay, or, as he him- 
self says of the Peak, " in the rude luxurious wildness that 
it bore in the days when the glories of those Hesperides 
first broke upon the astonished eyes of Europeans." 

In August 1694 Sir William Beeston sent home to the 
Duke of Shrewsbury " A Brief Account of what passed in 
Jamaica during the preparations and duration of the French 
attacks on it in 1694." In it, while teUing of the French 
predatory attacks along the coast before the final landing 
at Carhsle Bay, he says : " On the Thursday after their 
arrival at Cow Bay, the wind blew hard and the Admiral's 
ship and another were blown off shore to Blackfield Bay 
at the west end of the Island, where they landed sixty 
men. Major Andress, who had been left there with a few 
men, engaged them and there was a small encounter in 
which we had one man killed and two wounded, and they 
lost some ; but the Admiral firing a gun to recall them 
they hurried on board, leaving their food and captured 
cattle behind them, and sailed away." 


Although the word is Bluckfield or Blackfield in the 
original manuscript (it is printed Blackfield in the " Calendar 
of State Papers ") there is no doubt that Bluefields is 
referred to. The Major Andress is evidently identical 
with Lieutenant-Colonel Barnard Andreiss, who was 
custos and member of the Assembly for St. Elizabeth, 
and died at Lacovia in 1710. 

Matthew Gregory Lewis — ^usually known from the title 
of his most famous work as Monk Lewis — ^though he only 
spent a few months in Jamaica, did much for the welfare 
of the negro population, both by precept and example. 
On both sides his ancestors had interests in the island. 
His uncle Robert SeweU died Attorney-General of Jamaica. 
Another relative and namesake, the Hon. John Lewis, 
was Chief Justice. The husband of one of his father's 
sisters, a Mr. Blake, was a West Indian planter, and his 
maternal grandmother lies buried in Spanish Town cathe- 
dral, while the mausoleum which he mentions as being at 
Cornwall points to a resident proprietorship. Another 
aunt, it may be mentioned, was married to the iU-fated 
General Whitelocke, who, after commanding with distinc- 
tion in 1793-94 the expedition sent by General Williamson 
from Jamaica to St. Domingo, and elsewhere, was cashiered 
in 1808 for cowardice in the Buenos Ayres expedition of 
the previous year. 

Lewis was born in London in 1775. His father was 
the deputy secretary at war, and his mother the youngest 
daughter of Sir Thomas SeweU, the Master of the Rolls. 
Much of his life and his inner thoughts may be gathered 
from " The Life and Correspondence of M. G. Lewis," 
pubhshed anonymously — by Mrs. Margaret Baron- Wilson — 
in 1839, based in great measure on the letters which he 
constantly wrote to a mother whom he adored. 

A more precocious child than he was it would be almost 
impossible to conceive ; but at the same time, though 
least Uke her in outward appearance of all her four children, 
he Inherited much of the temperament of his mother, a 
timid and sensitive woman, whose constant companion 
he was in early Ufe. 



^ Young Lewis's histrionic talents were early developed, 
and at Westminster he took part in the school plays. 
Intended by his parents for a diplomatic career, he after- 
wards went to Oxford, spending his vacations on the 
continent in the study of modern languages. 

When he was nineteen, his father's influence procured 
him an attacheship to the British Embassy at the Hague. 
He stayed but a few months in the Dutch capital, but in 
tha.t tiijae, in the short space of ten weeks, he wrote a work 
by the publication of which in 1795 he at once sprang into 
fame — " Ambrosio, or The Monk." 

The discrepancy to be noticed between the character 
of Lewis as a man and the opinions expressed in the book 
are most curious. Mrs. Baron-Wilson, evidently a close 
friend, says of him : " There is nothing else in English 
hterature so wild, so extravagant, so utterly at variance 
with aU the ordinary and received rules of art and of 
criticism (not to mention the recognised codes of morals), 
as the chief writings of ' Monk ' Lewis. Yet we ma}'- 
tax the whole circle of our biographical literature to show 
us a man whose personal character and conduct — ^from 
his earUest youth to the close of his worldly career — 
were more strictly and emphatically those which we are 
a,ccustomed to look for from a plain, righl^thinking, common- 
sense view of human affairs." Before he had passed his 
majority by many months, Lewis was elected Member of 
Parliament for Hindon in Wiltshire, in which borough he 
succeeded WiUiam Beckford, of FonthiU Abbey, another 
Jamaica proprietor. But his parhamentary career was 
singularly prosaic ; he never addressed the House. Hence- 
forth he devoted himself to hterature. From his facile pen 
fl.owed contributions to every branch, from vers de sociiti 
to funeral odes- — ^novels, dramas, lyric poems, Scotch baUads, 
nautical songs, imitations of classic writers, translations and 
adaptations from the German, Italian, Spanish and Danish. 

As a reviver of old ballads he paved the way for Hogg 
and for Scott, the latter of whom collaborated with him 
in his " Tales of Terror " and " Tales of Wonder," which 
however were never popular. 


The acquisition of ■wea;lth and the inheritance of his 
father's West Indian estates enabled him to enter on a 
larger sphere of philanthropic work than he had hitherto 
been able to undertake. His action in this respect was not 
a momentary impulse, but a practical outcome of firm 
conviction, and he took steps to ensure that its effects 
should endure after his death. His object was the ameli- 
oration of the condition of the slaves on his Jamaica 

^ He arrived at Black River on New Year's Day, 1816, 
where he found " John Canoe " and all the rest of negro 
Chfistmastide festivities in full swing. In his first letter 
home to his mother he told her he was keeping a regular 
jx)umal, and this was afterwards pubhshed posthumously 
in 1834, under the title of " The Journal of a West Indian 
Proprietor, kept during a residence in the Island of Jamaica," 
which Coleridge in his " Table-Talk " denotes " dehght- 
ful. It is almost the only unaffected book of travels I 
have read of late years. You have the man himself. It 
is by far his best work, and wiU hve to be popular." A 
new edition appeared in 1861 under the title of " Journal 
of a Residence among the Negroes in the West Indies." 

Lewis spent four months in Jamaica, and so much of 
his time did he give to the amelioration of the condition 
of his slaves on his estate of Cornwall, within a few miles of 
Savarma-la^Mar, that he left the island without having 
visited Hordley, an estate in the Plantain Garden River 
division of St. Thomas-in-the-East, in which estate he 
had a share. On Cornwall there were 307 slaves and 287 
head of stock, and on Hordley 283 slaves and 130 stock. 
His friend Lord Holland, it may be mentioned, then 
owned Friendship and Greenwich, neighbouring estates 
in Westmoreland. 

- Lewis's priucipal acts were the abolition of the lash, 
the acceptance of negro evidence at enquiries into offences, 
&c., and an endeavour to supplement manual labour 
by mechanical implements and improved stock. He built 
better hospitals for the sick, granted extra holidays to his 
negroes, and generally did his best to spoil them — ^not 


without success, for he writes : " The negroes certainly 
ate perverse beings. They had been praying for a sight 
of their master year after year ; they were in raptures 
at my arrival ; I have suffered no one to be punished, 
and shown them every possible indulgence during my 
residence amongst them, and one and all they declare 
themselves perfectly happy and well treated. Yet pre- 
vious to my arrival they made thirty-three hogsheads 
a week ; in a fortnight after my landing their product 
dwindled to twenty-three ; during this last week they have 
managed to make but thirteen." 

It is curious to read of the author of " The Monk," a 
little lion in London society, throwing himself heart and 
soul into the most minute questions of domestic economy 
and policy at Cornwall, and adjusting differences between 
Cubina and PhyUis. 

He drew up rules for the better security of justice for 
his slaves after he had left, and by his kindness he so won 
their hearts that when he threatened to leave them, they 
professed to be filled with despair. 

So strongly was he impressed with the evil arising from 
absent landlordism that in a codicil to his will he made 
it a condition of inheritance that the owner, whoever he or 
she might be, of his estates should pass three clear calendar 
months in Jamaica every third year. 

He made enemies for himself amongst the local magis- 
trates, by taking upon himseM the part of intercessor with 
their masters for slaves on neighbouring properties. 

He made one more visit to Jamaica. In October 1817 
accompanied by Tita, an Italian valet, he set out for 
Jamaica in the same ship and with the same captain 
as in 1815. He reached Black River in February 1818, and 
this time he visited Hordley, but, as we have seen in the 
account of St. Thomas, had hardly sufficient time to effect 
such drastic changes as he had done at Cornwall. 

On his way he stopped at Kingston, where he saw per- 
formed at the theatre his own tragedy " Adelgitha," 
whom the author meant only to be kiUed in the last act, 
but whom the actors murdered in all five. 


On May 4, 1818, he left Black River for England, and 
ten days later lie was committed to a watery grave, having 
succumbed to yellow fever, which had broken out on 
board the Sir Godfrey Webster. He died in the arms of 
the faithful Tita who was afterwards present at Byron's 

The following is Lewis's description of Cornwall great 
house as it then was : 

The houses here are generally built and arranged to one and the 
same model. My own is of wood, partly raised upon pillars ; it 
consists of a single floor : a long gallery, called a piazza, terminated 
at each end by a square room, runs the whole length of the house. 
On each side of the piazza is a range of bedrooms, and the porticoes 
of the two fronts form two more rooms, with balustrades, and 
flights of steps descending to the lawn. The whole house is virandoed 
with shifting Venetian blinds to admit air ; except that one of 
the end rooms has sash-windows on account of the rains, which, 
when they arrive, are so heavy, and shift with the wind so suddenly 
from the one side to the other, that all the blinds are obliged to be 
kept closed ; consequently the whole house is in total darkness 
during their continuance, except the single sash-windowed room. 
There is nothing underneath except a few store-rooms and a kind 
of waiting-hall; but none of the domestic negroes sleep in the 
house, all going home at night to their respective cottages and 

Cornwall House itself stands on a dead flat, and the works are 
built in its immediate neighbourhood, for the convenience of their 
being the more under the agent's personal inspection (a point of 
material consequence with them all, but more particularly for 
the hospital) . This dead flat is only ornamented with a few scattered 
bread-fruit and cotton trees, a grove of mangoes, and the branch 
of a small river, which turns the mill. Several of these buildings 
are ugly enough ; but the shops of the cooper, carpenter and black- 
smith, some of the trees in their vicinity, and the negro huts, em- 
bowered in shrubberies and groves of oranges, plantains, cocoas 
and pepper-trees, would be reckoned picturesque in the most 
ornamented grounds. A large spreading tamarind fronts me at 
this moment and overshadows the stables, which are formed of 
open wickerwork ; and an orange tree, loaded with fruit, grows 
against the window at which I am writing. 

On three sides of the landscape the prospect is bounded by lofty, 
purple mountains ; and the variety of occupations going on all 
around me, and at the same time, give an inconceivable air of life 
and animation to the whole scene, especially as all those occupations 
look clean — even those which in England look dirty. All the 


tradespeople are dressed in jackets and trousers, either white or of 
red and sky-blue stripe. One band of negroes are carrying the 
ripe canes on their heads to the mill ; another set are conveying 
away the " trash," after the juice has been extracted ; flocks of 
turkeys are sheltering from the heat under the trees ; the river is 
filled with ducks and geese ; the coopers and carpenters are emr 
ployed about the puncheons ; carts drawn some by six, others by 
eight, oxen, are bringing loads of Indian corn from the fields ; the 
black children are employed in gathering it into the granary, and 
in quarrelling with pigs as black as themselves, who are equally 
busy in stealing the corn whenever the children are looking another 
way : in short, a plantation possesses all the movement and interest 
of a farm, without its dung and its stench and its dirty accom- 

The following inscriptions occur at Cornwall : 

Here lieth the Body of 

Mrs. Jane Lewis 

Late wife of the Honourable William Lewis Esq. 

and elder daughter of Matthew Gregory Esq. 

who departed this life 

on the I9th day of February 1765. 

Aged 39 years and 10 months. 

She was married 22 years and 5 Days During which time 

She devoted herself entirely to her God and her Family. 

She lived the inimitable Pattern 

of Conjugal Affection and Goodness, 

of Filial Love and Duty, 

And of Maternal Care and Tenderness. ' 

Oh Death Thou hast Shewn thy Sting 
Oh Death Thou hast Obtained thy Victory. 

Also the Body of ' 

William Lewis 
who died the 27th of April 1774 
Aged 53 years 
His Remains were brought from England 
according to His own request 
and Deposited in this Place 
near those of his 
Affectionate and beloved Wife. 

For Beckford Town, now little more than a name, 
the land was given by Richard Beckford, one of the family 
of that name, which numbered in it some of Jamaica's 
most wealthy planters. 


Under date January 5, 1660-61, Pepys wrote : " The 
great Tom Fuller come to me to desire a kindness for a 
friend of his who hath a mind to go to Jamaica with these 
two ships that are going, which I promised to do." The 
friend, Peter Beckford, quitted England in search of 
adventures, and settled in Jamaica, where he rose to 
considerable wealth as a planter. He did not, as Bridges 
suggests, fly from Cromwell's tyranny, for the Restoration' 
had taken place before he left England. In 1663 the 
name of Beckford appears amongst the planters of St.- 
Thomas-in- the- Vale. Colonel Peter Beckford, a son of 
the immigrant, was elected member of the Assembly under 
Lord Carlisle, who must have been — if we are to beheve 
Nichols in his " Herald and Genealogist " and Burke in 
his " History of the Comhioners "■ — a man of somewhat 
humble estate in spite of his high ancestry, for they tell us 
that Sir Thomas Beckford, sherifE of London, and Colonel 
Peter Beckford, governor of Jamaica, were brothers — • 
both sons of a tailor of Maidenhead. Lord Braybrooke, 
in his notes to Pepy's Diary, says that Sir Thomas and 
Colonel Peter were uncle and nephew, the former being a 
son of the tailor. Colonel Beckford was elected member 
for St. Catherine in the Assembly which met on April 26, 
1675. He afterwards served in several Assemblies for 
the parishes of St. James, Clarendon and St. Dorothy. 
He was then called to the Council and became its pre- 
sident. On the death of the Governor, Major-General 
Selwyn, on April 5, 1702, when the Legislature was sitting. 
Colonel Beckford, who had a dormant commission of old 
date, caused himself to be proclaimed lieutenant-governor. 
In his speech to the Assembly he said, " I have gone through 
most of the offices of this Island, though with no great 
applause, yet without complaint." The manner of his 
death has been already narrated in the account of 
St. Catherine. His personal wealth, which was said to 
have amounted to £478,000, and his real estate to as much 
more, gained for him great influence with the planters. 
This wealth was inherited by his son Peter, the speaker 
of the Assembly above mentioned. His second son. 



Thomas, married " en secondes noces " Mary Ballard 
(apparently a cousin) and had three sons ; the eldest, 
Ballard Beckford, who married a daughter of John Clark, 
Governor of New York, was expelled from the House 
" during the continuance of this Assembly " in 1739, for 
adultery with the wife of another member. Manning, 
the member for Kingston. At his death his estate was in 
debt, and an Act was passed to enable certain properties 
to be sold. The second, Thomas, married a daughter of 
Robert Byndloss, the brother-in-law of Sir Henry Morgan, 
of buccaneering fame, and their daughter and sole heiress 


married firstly John Palmer, and secondly Edward 
Long, the historian. Thomas Beckford himself, who sat 
in the Assembly for St. Catherine, and was elected speaker 
in 1727 and 1728, died in 1731, " slain, it is believed, in 
an encounter with one Cargill," probably Captain Richard 
Cargill, member for Vere. 

Peter Beckford, the speaker, married Bathshua, daughter 
and co-heiress of Colonel Julines Herring, of Jamaica. He 
was elected member of Assembly for Port Royal in 1704, 
and in the next Assembly of 1706 was chosen for three 
parishes, St. James, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth, 
but elected to sit for the last named. He continued to 
serve as a member in every Assembly of the island until 
his death — in the early part of the time generally for St. 



Elizabeth, in the later for St. Catherine. As member 
for the former parish he was five times chosen speaker — 
in 1707, 1708-9, 1711, 1713, 1716. At this time he appKed 
to be deputy secretary of the island, under a deputation 
from WiUiam Congreve, but the Governor (Lord Archi- 
bald Hamilton) refused to accept him on the ground 
that he was " the chief actor in all the unhappy differences 
in the country." He was comptroller of her Majesty's 
customs. He died in 1735, aged 61. From the votes of the 
Assembly we learn that he bequeathed the sum of £1000 
to the poor of the parish of St. Catherine. This sum 



was used in the formation of a school : it is now merged 
with the Smith bequest in the Beckford and Smith 
' School at Spanish Town. In the " Gentleman's Magazine " 
for December 1735 he is said to have left nearly £300,000. 
Besides mortgages and similar investments, he had no 
less than twenty-four plantations and twelve hundred 
slaves of his own in the island. 

He had thirteen children. The eldest, Peter, was member 
of the Assembly for Westmoreland in 1728, while his father 
was sitting for St. Catherine, and his uncle for Port Royal. 
He died__unmarried in 1737, aged 31. On his death his 
fortune went to his brother WiUiam, afterwards Lord 
Mayor of London, whose son was the celebrated WiUiam 
Beckford, of " Vathek " and PonthiU fame. 


A younger brother of the Lord Mayor, Richard Beck- 
ford, who was M.P. for Bristol, had a natural son, William 
Beckford, who visited his father's Jamaica estates. His 
mother was Elizabeth Hay.' He married his cousin, Char- 
lotte Hay, daughter of Thomas Hay, formerly Island 
Secretary of Jamaica ; and he impaled with his father's 
arms those of the Hays — on a field argent, three escutcheons 
gules : but in preference to the bend sinister, the usual 
mark of illegitimacy, he added the less-known badge, the 
fimbria or border. Richard Beckford by his wiU trusted 
to the justice of his brother -JuHnes to convey — to trustees 
in trust for his reputed son William — ^Roaring River .and 
such other estates in Jamaica as had come into Julines 
possession by virtue of an agreement between them, and 
accordingly he bequeathed these properties to his reputed 
son William, who, on his coming of age, executed a deed 
in 1765, which was registered at Spanish Town in 1766, 
a deed to bar the entail in favour of another, who, however, 
subsequently re-conveyed it to him. He is therein de- 
scribed as "of Balls, in the County of Hartford (sic), 
Esq." In a later deed, recorded in 1773, he is described 
as late of Balls, but now of Summerley (sic) Hall. 

One of his earliest works was " Remarks on the Situation 
of Negroes in Jamaica," 1788 ; and he pubhshed in 1794 a 
" History of France from the most early records to the 
death of Louis XVI," the early part of which is by Beck- 
ford, and the more modern by an anonymous English- 
man who had been some time resident in Paris. But 
the work by which he is best known is " A Descriptive 
Account of the Island of Jamaica ; with remarks upon 
the cultivation of the Sugar-cane, throughout the different 
seasons of the year, and chiefly considered in a picturesque 
point of view ; also observations and reflections upon 
what would probably be the consequences of an abolition 
of the slave-trade and of the emancipation of the Slaves," 
published in two volumes in London in 1790. The title 
fully describes the contents. It is a work of no consider- 
able merit, and displaying none of the genius which might 
have been expected of a near relative of the author of 


" Vathek." From the dedication we learn that the author 
enjoyed the friendship of the Duke of Dorset, to whom 
it is addressed, and from the preface that the work was 
written in the Fleet prison — a strange residence for one 
who would claim kinship with the owner of Fonthill. His 
position was, he says, the consequence of " imprudences 
which I might have prevented, and of misfortunes which 
I could not foresee " — a subject which is constantly referred 
to throughout the book. Besides suffering from the great 
hurricane of 1780, he was evidently deceived by some 
friend for whom he had become security. 

He intended to illustrate his work with engravings 
from " some particular views of the island that were taken 
on the spot " by George Robertson, but pecuniary reasons 
obliged him to desist. He devotes several pages to the 
praises of this artist's work, comparing him — with an 
enthusiasm which does more credit to his kindness of heart 
than to his faculties as an art critic — ^to Claude Lorrain, 
Gaspard Poussin and Salvator Rosa, and he concludes: 
" It is a pity that more of his drawings are not engraved ; 
of the numerous and interesting views he took in Jamaica, 
only six have met the pubhc eye, although there are many 
that richly deserve to be removed from dust and oblivion. 
The names of Robertson and Earlom, to the same plate, 
could not fail to render them immortal." 

In 1778 John Boydell published a series of six engravings 
from paintings by George Robertson, by Thomas Vivares, 
James Mason and David Lerpiniere. They are all dedi- 
cated to William Beckford, Esq. They represent : (1) Part 
of the Rio Cobre, near Spanish Town ; (ii) Roaring River 
Estate ; (iii) Fort WiUiam Estate, with part of Roaring 
River belonging to William Beckford, Esq., near Savanna- 
la-Mar; (iv) Bridge crossing Cabarita River; (v) The 
Spring Head of Roaring River on the Estate of William 
Beckford, Esq. ; (vi) The Bridge crossing the Rio Cobre, 
near Spanish Town. 

Two of the original paintings are in the possession of 
Mrs. C. E. de Mercado, of Kingston. 

As, with the exception of Hakewill and John Bartho- 


lomew Kidd, E.S.A., George Robertson is the only artist 
of any importance who has devoted his pencil to portray- 
ing the beauties of Jamaica, a few notes about him may 
prove of interest. The facts recorded about him by 
Redgrave are somewhat scanty. Born in London, he 
was the son of a wine merchant, and was brought up to 
that business. He studied in Shipley's school, and in 
1761 he gained a Society of Arts premium for his drawings 
of horses. This brought him to the notice of William 
Beckford, with whom he travelled in Italy, and studied, 
chiefly at Rome, during several years. He returned to 
London about 1770, and although Beckford tried to push 
his fortunes for him, he was not very successful, and he 
was induced to accompany his patron to Jamaica. He 
painted views in the island, and, returning to England, 
exhibited pictures of Jamaica scenes, twenty-six in aU, 
with the Incorporated Society of Artists (of which body 
he was for some time vice-president) from 1775 to 1778. 
Most of them appeared as " A Viewin Jamaica." The names 
given are Roaring River, Fort William and Williamsfield. 
These views were admired, and when engraved created 
some interest ; but he received no better encouragement than 
before, and he had to have recourse to teaching and making 
drawings for the dealers, to support his wife and children, 
till a bequest from an uncle happily relieved him from 
anxiety. Never of robust health, a fall from a horse 
increased his infirmity. He died in 1788, before he reached 
his fortieth year. He occasionally painted subject pieces, 
aiming at the " grand style," and his " St. Martin dividing 
his cloak " is in Vintners' Hall, London. But his principal 
talents lay in the direction of landscape. " His com- 
positions," Redgrave says, "were too scenic,- his trees, 
though spirited, were fanciful and exuberant in their 
forms, yet his works are by no means without merit." 

William Beckford also employed in Jamaica the talents 
of Philip Wickstead, a portrait painter, a pupil of ZofEany, 
and distinguished by his small whole-length portraits, 
whose acquaintance he had made in Rome in 1773. He 
accompanied his patron to Jamaica, and practised his 


art for a considerable time in the island. He speculated 
as a planter, but was unsuccessful. Losses led to drink, 
and his lite was thereby shortened. He died before 1790. 
Beckford said of him, his " powers of painting were con- 
siderably weakened by his natural indolence, and more 
than all, by a wonderful eccentricity of character. His 
colouring was almost equal to that of any artist of his 
time, and the freedom and execution of his pencil were 
particularly apparent in his representation of negroes of 
every character, expression and age." Unfortunately many 
of Wickstead's drawings perished in the hurricane of 1780. 

In biographical dictionaries William Beckford is styled an 
historian, and, as we have seen, he wrote part of a History 
of France, but in his work on Jamaica he was content to 
reprint his historical facts from the "Jamaica Almanack " 
of the day, and apparently he did not know the year of 
the discovery of the island by Columbus, for he twice 
gives a wrong date, and his date for the Port Royal earth- 
quake is also wrong. Much may be excused, however, 
in an historian who wrote in the Fleet prison. 

One trait he had in common with his kinsman and name- 
sake — a true love of nature and the picturesque. But 
his description of the natural beauties of the island is 
couched in the somewhat high-flown style of the eighteenth 

The following is part of his description of the great 
hmricane which destroyed Savanna-la^Mar in 1780 : 

At Savanna-la-Mar, there was not even a vestige of a town (the 
parts only of two or three houses having in partial ruin remained, 
as if to indicate the situation and extent of the calamity) ; the very 
materials of which it had been composed had been carried away by 
the resistless fury of the waves, which finally completed what the 
wind began. A very great proportion of the poor inhabitants were 
crushed to death or drowned ; and in one house alone, it was 
computed that forty, out of one and forty souls, unhappily and pre- 
maturely perished. The sea drove with progressive violence for 
more than a mile into the country ; and carried terror, as it left 
destruction, wherever it passed. Two large ships and a schooner 
were at anchor in the bay, but were driven a considerable distance 
from the shore, and totally wrecked among the mango-trees upon 


my unhappy fortune for so many years of my life to reside." 
The only records of his sojourn in Jamaica are Beckford 
street at Savanna-la-Mar, and Beckford Lodge, a small 


holding near that town, and the mark „^t> which is still 

used for the rum exported from Roaring Eiver. On his 
return voyage to England he passed the Cayman Islands, 
landing at Grand Cayman. In 1788 he published his 
" Remarks on the Situation of Negroes in Jamaica." He 
retired to his estate at Somerly in Suffolk, which he had 
evidently owned as early as 1773. He then spent, as we 
have seen, some time, about 1790-91, in the Fleet prison. 

He died on February 4, 1799, of an apoplectic fit at the 
Earl of Effingham's in Wimpole street, London. His 
pecuniary losses had probably led him to sell his property 
in Suffolk, for he is described as " late of Somerly Hall." 
The Earl of Effingham inentioned is Richard the fourth 
earl, nephew to Thomas second earl, who had married a 
sister of Lord Mayor Beckford in 1744, and brother to the 
third earl, who diedjwhile Governor of Jamaica. Beckford 
evidently selected his friends from those accomplished 
in literature and the arts. In his writings he refers to Sir 
William Hamilton, who was a friend of the author of 
" Vathek," to Brydone, to " my friend Parsons," the 
musician, to Charles Burney, nephew of Dr. Bumey and 
Robertson and Wickstead the artists ; and Dr. Burney 
has told us that he was the friend of Sir Joshua Reynolds 
and Sir Joseph Banks. 

NegrU Harbour is sometimes called Bloody Bay, said 
to be due to the kilHng of whales there in former times. 
In it is a tomb of George Murray (d. 1804), custos, 
who laid the foundation-stone of the church in 1797. At 
Cross Path is the tomb of Colonel [John Guthrie (d. 1739), 
custos of the parish and colonel of the militia, who reduced 
the rebel negroes who had for many years harassed the 
island ; at Dry works there is the tomb of Colonel WUliam 
WiUiams (d. 1723), custos of the parish, who had rendered 
valuable'services during the hurricane of 1772, and William 
Ijewis (d. 1774), grandfather of Matthew Gregory Lewis s 


On the roadside near Kew Park is a soldier's tomb with 
the following inscription : 

In the rear of this stone lie the remains of Obediah Chambers, 
late a private of the Light Infantry Company W.I.R. which, on the 
5th of January 1830 fell into an ambush of rebellious slaves, near 
this spot, by whom the deceased was cruelly butchered. 

A brave man, & valorous in course of life here, who died a Soldier 
& an honest man. 

This stone is erected by the Officers & N.C. Officers of the 6th 
Battn. Coy. 

At Harmony Hall is the tomb of John Lewis (d. 1820), 
chief justice and custos of the parish, and also of Mary 
Lewis (d. 1813). At Three-Mile River Estate is a 
mausoleum with a large marble slab " to the memory of 
James Graham, late of this island " (d. 1795), erected by 
his friend John Wedderburn. Drummond and Indian 
Head both have caves with Arawak remains. 



The parish of St. Elizabeth was probably named in honour 
of EHzabeth, Lady Modyford, the daughter of William 
Palmer, whose tombstone is in the cathedral. It is one 
of the largest parishes and one of the most important. 
In the parish church at Black River are memorial tablets 
recalling to the memory of the hving the many good qualities 
of the departed St. EHzabeth gentry. The handsomest 
are those on either side of the chancel to the memory of 
Caleb Dickenson and Robert Hugh Mimro, founders of the 
Munro and Dickenson's trust, which to-day maintains two 
of the principal schools in the island. The Maroon town- 
ship called Accompong on the northern boundary of the 
parish has been referred to in the account of the neigh- 
bouring parish of St. James. 

Robert Hugh Monro, of the parish of St. Elizabeth, 
by his will dated January 21, 1797, and a codicil of May 23, 
1797, bequeathed the residue of his real and personal 
estate in certain contingencies in trust to his nephew, 
Caleb Dickenson, and the churchwardens of the parish of 
St. EHzabeth, and their successors, to lay out the same 
in the endowment of a school to be erected and maintained 
in the said parish, for the education of as many poor children 
of the parish as the funds might be sufficient to provide 
for and maintain, and, if necessary, to apply to the Legis- 
lature for an act for the regulation of the charity and to 
carry out his intentions. For years after the death of 
Dickenson, who had bequeathed them fuUy to carry out 
his uncle's intentions, the funds of the Charity were appHed 
to anything but their proper purpose, and at length in 

369 2 a 


1825 an Act of the Legislature was passed for regulating 
the charity, which recited the history of the trust up to 
that date, and propounded a scheme which had been 
agreed upon for the management of the trust ; but this 
commendable scheme appears never to have been carried 
out, and it was not until 1855 that the Act 18 Victoria, 
chap. 53, was passed with the object of rescuing the remains 
of the charity. 

In 1856 a Free School for boys was opened near Black 
River, and early in 1857 the premises at Potsdam, in the 
Santa Cruz Mountains, were purchased and the school 
was removed thither. The Trust maintains two schools 
situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains — that for boys still 
at Potsdam ; that for girls formerly at Mount Zion, now 
at Hampton. 

At Lacovia, on the main road from Santa Cruz to Black 
River, precisely at its junction with the road from Lacovia 
to Balaclava, there are two tombs, side by side ; the space 
between being only six feet. One, built of large squares 
of stones or rock commonly used for building purposes, 
is in the last stages of decay and ruin, and without any 
slab or inscription. The other is a high brick tomb, with a 
massive white marble slab on which is the following inscrip- 
tion : 

Here lyes interr'd the body of 

Thomas Jordan Spencer. 

Bom Octbr. the Wth, 1723, who departed 

this life Sunday morning, September the 


The Arms are : Quarterly argent and gules, in the second 
and third quarters a frette or : over all, on a bend sable, 
three fleurs-de-lis of the first. The Grest an esquire's 

This monument is not mentioned in Lawrence-Archer's 
" Monumental Inscriptions of the British West Indies." 
The quartering of the shield is very much worn owing to 
the exposed position of the tomb. 

Tra(Ution says that at a tavern which formerly stood 
hard by, a friendly party was interrupted by angry words 


which led to a duel, in which both combatants fell, and 
that they were buried side by side. 

At Lacovia estate is the tomb of Barnard Andreiss 
(d. 1710), custos of the parish ; Dickenson's Run has Jewish 
tombs with inscriptions in Hebrew and Portuguese. At 
Pedro is a cave with Araw§.k remains, and also at Hounslow. 
Hampstead great house is said to have been the summer 
residence of former Jamaica governors. 

Some one with classic taste named Catadupa, a word 
originally applied to the cataracts of the Nile, and once 
used both in French and English for a waterfall. 

Long, after ridiculing the tale copied by many writers 
that the rain-drops which fall at Magotty turn into maggots, 
goes on to suggest the derivation of " maga (an enchantress) 
and oteo (watching on a high place) ; alluding probably to 
the pinnacle of Monte Diablo, over which the thunder clouds 
so frequently break, as together with its horrid aspect 
to make it seem a proper residence for a witch, under 
patronage of the devil, to whom the mountain was dedi- 

Surinam Quarters, in St. Elizabeth, were settled in 
1675 by planters from Surinam, when that colony was 
exchanged with the Dutch for New York. 

Culloden and Auchindown^ in St. Ehzabeth, date from 
the time of the arrival of the ill-fated Darien refugees. 



Manchbstee was separated from the adjoining parishes of 
St. EHzabeth, Clarendon and Vera in 1814, and was named 
after the Duke of Manchester, who was Governor of the 
island at the time ; while the chief town, Mandeville, was 
named after his eldest son. 

The parish is more noted for its agricultural than historic 
associations. MandeviUe is much frequented by visitors 
from the United States and Canada and Great Britain. 
The court-house is said to have cost upwards of £20,000. 
In the churchyard is the tombstone of Sir William Scarlett, 
chief justice of the island from 1821 to 1832, who is referred 
to in the account of St. James. 

Bridges, the historian, was the rector from 1817 to 1823. 
In that period he baptized 9547 slaves, and married 2187. 
In 1823 he pubhshed his " Voice from Jamaica," written 
in defence of slave-owners, for which the Assembly two 
years later voted him £700. He valued his living at £1118 
per armum. The Rev. Samuel Stewart, writing in 1840, 
says : " Four large schoolhouses have been erected, one- 
half of the expense paid by the Bishop, the other moiety 
by the Vestry." 




The parish of Clarendon was named in honour of the 
celebrated Lord Chancellor. The parish of Vere, now 
merged in it, was named after Vere, daughter of Sir Edward 
Herbert, Attorney-General to Charles I, and first wife of 
Sir Thomas Lynch, who, with her two sons, died on her 
passage from England to this island in 1683. 

Carlisle Bay, the scene of the principal mUitary en- 
gagement with a foreign foe which has taken place in 
Jamaica during the British occupation, is on the south- 
west coast of the old parish of Vere. 

Much of the following account is taken from " A Narrative 
of the Descent on Jamaica by the French," by Sir William 
Beeston, in the MSS. department of the British Museum. 
It is printed in " Interesting Tracts relating to the Island 
of Jamaica," published at St. Jago de la Vega in 1800. 
A letter from the Council in England in answer to Beeston's 
narrative is also in the British Museum, and a contemporary 
account of the occurrence sworn to at Bermuda on October 2, 
1694, by Benjamin Thornton, master of the sloop Content, 
is in the Record Office at Bermuda. Beeston came to the 
island in 1660, was employed in various public capacities, 
and was lieutenant-governor from 1690 to 1700, and 
thenceforward Governor till 1702 ; he is chiefly famous 
for the defence, which he made, together with Colonel 
Long, against the attempt by Lord Carlisle to assimilate 
the government of Jamaica to that of Ireland. 



For some time prior to the engagement at Carlisle Bay 
the owners of the plantations on the sea coast of Jamaica 
had been much distressed by descents by French privateers 
(aided in some cases by disaffected persons from the island 
itself who threw in their lot with them) from San Domingo 
and the Leeward Islands, who plundered and murdered 
as occasion offered. 

Captain Du Casse — ^the Governor of San Domingo, per- 
haps best known in England as the opponent to Benbow 
in the engagement which ended in the latter's death — 
being informed by two renegade Irishmen that the " island 
was easUy taken ; the fortifications at Port Royal were 
out of order and few men there, so that two hundred men 
would take that place, and two hundred more would 
march in any part of the country the people were so thin 
and so little used to arms," and, being reinforced by three 
men-of-war from France, decided to make a descent on 
the island. In the meantime a Captain Elliott, of Jamaica, 
who had been taken prisoner into Petit Goave, on the 
west coast of San Domingo, by French privateers, and 
was probably the Captain Stephen Elliott who brought 
to England the news of the great earthquake at Port 
Royal in 1692, managed to escape to Jamaica in a small 
canoe, and give timely warning on May 31, 1694, that 
Du Casse himself, with twenty sail and 3000 men, was 
coming to take the island. For this he was subsequently 
rewarded by William III with a gold chain and medal 
of £100 value and £500 in money. 

Upon the receipt of EUiott's news the House of Assembly, 
which was then sitting, was adjourned for one month, 
a council of war was called together, martial law pro- 
claimed, and every officer ordered to his post. Colonel 
Beckford (grandfather of the celebrated Lord Mayor of 
London), who was in command at Port Royal, got Fort 
Charles into excellent order and fortified the town. A 
fort also was built in the Parade at Kingston ; the pass by 
Rock Fort to the east of Kingston was guarded, and breast- 
works were erected at Old Harbour and Carlisle Bay. 
Beeston, realising that it was hopeless with the forces at 



command to try to protect all his coast-line, decided to 
defend the strongest parts, and drew all the forces from 
the out ports into St. Dorothy (a parish now merged in 
St. Catherine), St. Catherine, St. Andrew and Port Royal ; 
and " some few " were left to defend the breastwork at 
Carlisle Bay. The people from St. Thomas and St. David, 
the most exposed positions, were called into St. Andrew 
and Kingston. 

At Port William and Port Morant the guns were spiked, 
the shot buried, and the powder brought away. 


The PVeneh fleet, consisting of three men-of-war and 
twenty-three transports, appeared in the ofiftng on June 17. 
Rollon, the admiral, sailed in the Ttmtraire, of fifty-four 
guns. Eight ships stayed about Port Morant, but the 
remainder went into Cow Bay, near Yallahs, where they 
laid waste the cotmtry, plundered the houses, murdered 
what inhabitants they could find, and generally behaved 
with barbarity. 

On July 15 the fleet, having done all the damage it could 
in the neighbourhood of Port Morant, set sail, and after 
reconnoitring Port Royal, put into Cow Bay the next day. 
Fearing an attack on Kingston by land, Beeston sent a 
hundred men from St. Catherine to reinforce the troops 
guarding the Windward road ; but on the morning of 
the 18th he saw seventeen ships making, as he rightly 
judged, for Carlisle Bay, thirty six miles from Spanish 


Town. He took prompt action. He sent to Carlisle 
Bay two troops of horse, and parts of the regiments of 
St. Catherine, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth, the foot to be 
mounted on what horses they could find. The cavalry and 
the mounted infantry got there that night, and those on 
foot " marched so hard " that they arrived by ten the 
next morning. The enemy had anchored in Carlisle Bay 
on the afternoon of the 18th. The editor of the earhest 
edition of the " Laws of Jamaica," pubHshed in 1683, 
refers to " Carlisle Bay, a safe Road for Shipping, and there 
is hkewise built a pretty Town of that name, of about 
100 Houses which has a fine Trade, that also increases, as 
the Country does in Plantations." 

Into the breastwork, which was commanded by Colonel 
Sutton of Clarendon, who had constructed it, were packed 
250 men, in addition to negroes, being those of the several 
regiments that had come in during the night. Beeston 
tells us that the fort was iU-made and worse contrived. 
" On the south was the. sea, on the west a large river [the 
Rio Minho], and on the east they had left a wood stand- 
ing," which formed a natural covert for the enemy. They 
also failed to lay in provisions for either man or 

■ By dayUght on the morning of the 19th the enemy had 
landed about 1400 or 1500 men about a mile and a half to 
the east of the breastwork, where the small guard, after 
firing on them, retreated to the breastwork, which the 
French attacked so hotly that the defenders had to retreat 
over the river, not, however, before they had fought bravely 
and kiUed many of the enemy. Just as the French forced 
the breastwork three or four companies of the St. Catherine 
regiment and one of the St. Ehzabeth and some horse 
came in, weary, footsore and hungry with their march 
of about thirty-six miles from Spanish Town. Yet they 
feU on bravely on the right of the enemy and charged 
them so warmly that they not only prevented them from 
pursuing the party that had crossed the river, but made 
them retire. 

Nothing but skirmishes took place tiU Sunday this 


22nd, when the French marched upwards till they came 
to the house of a certain Mr. Hubbard, which was garrisoned 
with twenty men and well provisioned. Local tradition 
says that this stood where Gales, a hamlet now occupied 
by the Coolie barracks on Amity Hall estate, now is. 
Bridges, in his " Annals," writing in 1828, said : " The 
brick house in which so gaUant a stand was made, remains 
with the shot visible in its waUs, and a soUtary cotton 
tree in the road from the Abbey [sic, Alley] to Carhsle Bay 
still marks the raUying-point of the English and the grave 
of many a valiant soldier." An attack on this house by 
the French resulted in the loss of several of their best 
officers, as the besieged were aided by a detachment from 
the Bay. On hearing that a more determined attack 
was intended on the morrow, Major Richard Lloyd, who 
was chosen to command, put fifty men into the house 
and prepared an ambuscade. But the French, finding 
that they had lost so many of their officers and men, and 
that they could not penetrate further into the country., 
contented themselves with firing the small town of Carhsle, 
spiking the guns and doing what mischief they could, 
and then retreated to their ships. On Tuesday, 24th, the 
whole fleet sailed- — Du Casse and two or three ships going 
straight back to San Domingo, the rest staying only to 
put into Port Morant to wood and water and land prisoners. 
And thus ended the most serious attempt at the capture 
of Jamaica ever made upon its shores during the Enghsh 

Beeston estimates that the French lost on the expedition, 
by their different engagements and sickness, about 700 
men ; of these about 550 were killed at Carhsle Bay, albeit 
Pere Labat puts it down at 150 only. On the Enghsh side 
100 were killed or wounded ; but 50 sugar- works were 
destroyed and many plantations burnt, and about 1300 
negroes carried off. Du Casse received a pension of 100 
pistoles per annum. 

A sum of £4000 was received as a royal bounty to the 
sufferers by the French invasion. When called upon by 
. the House of Assembly to account for it, Beeston decHned ; 


and the House, refusing to proceed with business, was 
dissolved by him. The matter was subsequently allowed 
to drop. 

Colonel Richard Lloyd, alluded to above, who was chief 
justice of Jamaica in 1696-98, entered, however, a caveat 
with the Council of Trade and Plantations, received by 
them on April 26, 1699, against the late act of Assembly 
for a present of £1500 to Sir William Beeston. He says : 
" The pretence for giving him this money is to reward 
his care in the time of the French invasion of that island. 
I was a principal actor against them at that time, and have 
a journal of the whole affair. It will be ready for the press 
by the beginning of next week. I intend to dedicate it 
to your Lordships, and think it may induce you to think 
he deserves not to be gratified for his behaviour on that 
occasion." If the journal was ever printed, no copy is 
now known to exist. It is difficult to say where the truth 
lay in the dispute, at a time when corruption was rife in 
high places. 

In consequence of this descent of the French, the Govern- 
ment set to work to guard the coast as well as it could, 
and CarHsle Fort was built the following year. When 
Leshe wrote in 1740 " A New History of Jamaica," the 
fort was " now in ruins and Httle regarded." There is little 
left of it now, and that little is in the sea — ^part being 
shown in the illustration on page 375.. 

When Long wrote his " History " in 1774, the town of 
Carlisle, so-called in honour of the Earl of Carlisle, who 
was governor in 1678-80, was only a hamlet of ten or 
twelve houses near the mouth of the Rio Minho, or, as it is 
sometimes called the Dry River. Now aU that is left is 
CarHsle estate and one house at the Bay. As the mouth 
of the river is known to have moved of late years consider- 
ably further to the east, it is probably about the site of 
this house, now about half a mile from the river mouth, 
that the French landed. 

In those days the parish of Vere, which was'^formerly 
called Withy wood, was very thickly wooded.^ Later the 
trees were cut down to make way for the sugar-cane. 


vvhich still holds its own, thanks to the adoption of the 
central factory system. 

Withywood took its name, Long tells us in his History 
(1774), from its having been 

formerly overspread with wood and withes when the English 
first settled upon it, and which grew so thick that it was impossible 
to walk among them without a cutlass to clear the way. This is 
the part which, on account of its rich soil, was afterwards filled 
with indigo and sugar works, the opulence of whose owners is spoken 
of by several writers ; and though it has been called in question 
by some, yet it is very certain that more carriages of pleasure 
were at one time kept there than in all the rest of the island, 
Spanish Town only excepted. It is indeed almost incredible to 
think that vast fortimes were made here by cultivation of this 
simple commodity. 

And in describing the cultivation of Jamaica : 

There were formerly upwards of seventy gentlemen's carriages 
kept in the parish of Vere, the vast profits of their indigo works 
enabled them to live in such splendour ; and that part of the 
country for its number of houses and inhabitants, on both sides of 
the Rio Minho resembled a populous town. 

One may compare with this Rampini's account of 1873, 
just one hundred years later than Long : 

How can we describe the unutterably bare and barren character 
of the scenery between the Alley and 'Fova Paths, our half-way 
station on the road to Chapelton ? 

Dusty roads, bordered with stunted logwood trees for miles ; 
then dusty roads without the logwood trees; then a dry 
river course full of rough stones, which broke our buggy springs, 
and delayed us an hour to have them tied up with ropes and branches ; 
then more dusty roads and logwood trees, and then dusty roads 
without logwood trees as before. Not a bird to be seen, not a 
butterfly on the wing ; not a bit of colour, except a stray orchid 
or two, to break the drear monotony of the landscape. 

Rampini evidently visited Vere during a period of 
drought ; or when he was suffering from dyspepsia. 

Withywood appears as Wither Wood in Blome's map of 
1671, which is copied in Long's History as " according 
to a survey made in the year mdolxx." The name does 
not appear on modem maps, though it was used as late as 
1728 in the Journals of the House of Assembly. The 


village that has arisen around the old church is now known 
as Alley. Remains of the old indigo works are still to he 
seen here and there in the cane pieces, and indigo grows 
as a weed. There cotton was formerly cultivated, ex- 
tensively. As late as 1808 Vere had some cotton planta- 
tions, while at the same time there were thirty sugar estates. 
Cotton is again being grown there. 

Vere, from 1673 to 1867, was a distinct parish of Jamaica, 
albeit it lost part of its area when Manchester was formed 
in 1814. 

The Church itself, vidth its magnificent old cotton 
tree, forms one of the most attractive pictures of a simple 
type in Jamaica, and approaches more nearly to an English 
village church in character than any other in the colony. 
Built of brick, with stone quoins, it is a serviceable structure 
which has successfully withstood earthquake and hurri- 
cane since it was constructed in the earUer part of the 
18th century, about 1715-35. It was originally a squat 
building about 33 ft. wide and some 48 ft. long with the 
present tower. The eastern end was erected and conse- 
crated in 1872. Some monuments which Lawrence- 
Archer recorded are now covered by the flooring of the 
seats in the nave. On the other hand, some which he did 
not record are now visible in the nave. 

On February 1, 1671, a petition was submitted to the 
Council by Christopher Horner, George Osborne, John 
Aldred, George Child, Tho. Cos well, Jno. Warren, Wmi. 
Hinkston, Robt. Smith, James Jenner, Jno. Downer, 
and Phi. Robarts, inhabitants of Withy wood and Dry 
River : 

that whereas His Excellency had recommended Mr. Lander to 
them for their minister, and they had bought land and were building 
him a church, and had provided him a competent maintenance, 
pray they may not be liable to contribute to any other church 
within the parish." This was "referred to the next General 
Assembly in regard the justices and vestry men of every parish 
are empowered by Act of the General Assembly to lay such assess- 
ments and parish duties as they shall think requisite and that power 
caimot be taken from them by the Governor and Council only. 

Therewas a church in Withywood, although no parson, 


as early as 1675. Sir Thomas Lynch, writing in May of 
that year, says, 

None but these four parishes, Port Royal, St. Catherine, St. John 
and St. Andrew, are supplied, though there are 14 in the island. 
In Vere or Withywood there is a church, and that and Clarendon 
parish adjoining are able and willing to give a minister £100 per 

At a meeting of the Council held at St. Jago de la Vega 
on February 19, 1693, 

The Council being acquainted that Mr. Samuell Cook, Rector 
of the parish of Vere, was attending at the Door, To answer for a 
Certaine Remonstrance by him writt and published, was ordered 
to be called in. Then the Gierke of the Councill was ordered to read 
the same in his presence. Acknowledged his Error and promised 
to give a Recantation under his hand and presented to this board 
which he did accordingly and was accepted of. 

In a list of the Parishes, Churches and Ministers in 
Jamaica, April 18, 1715, under Vere is recorded " a church 
rebuilding " but no rector's name is given. 

In 1737 the Committee appointed by the Assembly to 
inspect the hst of dockets of the charitable devises and 
donations in the Secretary's office, drew up and submitted 
a very interesting analysis of the list, parish by parish. 

So far as Vere is concerned we find that : 

William Gibbons gave £20 for a communion plate ; George 
Forsett in 1680 gave £10 for a church Bible and pulpit cloth ; Andrew 
Knight in 1683 gave £20 to the church and poor ; Hugh Gurge in 

1687 gave £10 towards bmlding a church ; Magdalen Fawcett in 

1688 gave £10 to the poor, and £10 for the minister and pall ; Joseph 
Taylor in 1689 gave fourteen acres of land for the minister and poor ; 
John Moore in 1690 gave £150 towards building a church ; Christian 
Flyer in 1715 gave £50 towards building a wall round the chxttoh 
[then being built]; Nathaniel Skeenin 1721 gave £100 for ornaments 
for the pulpit and pall ; and Robert Cargill in 1731 gave £30 towards 
building the church. 

' The principal monuments in the church are those to 
the Morants, the Gales and the Suttons, famihes long and 
honourably connected with Jamaica history as members of 
the Council and the Assembly and in other capacities ; the 
Gales having, however, more to do with St. EUzabeth and 
Westmoreland than Vere. John Gale (1680-1721), the 



general Baptist Minister, son of Nathaniel Gale, " an 
eminent citizen " who had property in the West Indies, was 
evidently connected with this family. Colonel Jonathan 
Gale was custos of St. Elizabeth, and member for St. 
Elizabeth 1709-11, and for Westmoreland 1721-26. 

Vere gave but two speakers to the Assembly from among 
its members, Andrew Langley and William Pusey, but 
among its representatives were those bearing the well-known 


names of Ivy, Sutton, Vassall, Cargill, Beckford, Lawes, 
Morant, Dawkins, Nedham and Batty. Andrew Knight, 
who was its member in 1677-79, was, his tombstone tells 
us, custos of Clarendon and Vere, and he was probably 
its first custos. 

John Morant settled in Jamaica soon after the occupa- 
tion. His son John Morant, Custos of Clarendon and 
Vere, married Mary Pennant, aunt of the first Lord Penrhj^. 

Edward Morant, son of John, represented Vere in 1752, 
1754, in both the Assembly of 1755, and in 1756. He 
was called up to the Council in 1757, left Jamaica in 1760 


and purchased Brockenhurst manor, which is owned by 
his descendants. In 1761 he was elected M.P. for Hindon. 
On July 16, 1791, as he was driving in Kensington, his 
horses took fright, when he was precipitated from his 
carriage, carried home senseless, and died four days after- 
wards. He married first in Clarendon, June 10, 1754, 
Eleanor Angelina, widow of William Dawkins, member for 
Portland in 1749, and St. Thomas in the Vale in 1752, 
whose tombstone in Clarendon old church is inscribed : 

Here lieth the Body of 

William Dawkins Esqre., 

of this Parish, who died 

the 1 4th of December, 

1752, aged 26 years. 

Edward Morant married secondly in England, AprU 22, 
1762, a Miss Goddard, grand-daughter and only remaining 
descendant of President John Gregory, who twice ad- 
ministered the government of Jamaica, on the refusal of 
Edward Pennant, the senior member of the Council, to 
act in that capacity. 

Elizabeth Morant, daughter of John Morant, the younger, 
and sister of Edward, married in Vere, January 11, 1753-54, 
her cousin, William Gale, who represented Hanover in 
1754 and 1755, and St. John in the second Assembly of 
1755, and in 1756. He was the younger son of John Gale, 
the member of Council, who in 1747 first settled the estate 
of York (from the county of his ancestors) in this parish, 
and died 1749-50. Another mural monument in the church 
commemorates his elder son, a younger daughter, himself 
and his daughter-in-law. 

Lawrence-Archer records Colonel Thomas Sutton, who 
played an important part in the successful repulse of the 
French at Carlisle Bay in 1694 ; but the monument is no 
longer to be seen. It probably is hidden by the flooring 
of the nave. It is to be regretted that copies of the in- 
scriptions were not taken before they were covered up. 

One of the most interesting accounts of the earthquake 
which destroyed Port Royal in 1692 is " The Truest and 
Largest Account of the Late Earthquake in Jamaica, 


June the 7th, 1692, Written by a Eeverend Divine there to 
his Friend in London. With some Improvement thereof by 
another Hand. London : Printed, and are to be sold 
by J. Buttler, Bookseller at Worcester, 1693," of which a 
copy is in the library of the Institute of Jamaica, and a 
reprint is given in the second volume of the " Journal of 
the Institute of Jamaica." It is dated " Withywood. 
in the parish of Vere, June 30th, 1692." Nothing is 
known for certain of the author. He was probably the 
Thomas Hardwicke who was made rector of Vere by the 
Earl of CarHsle in 1678. The following extract shows how 
Vere fared in the great calamity : 

It overthrew all the Brick and Stone buildings in the Countrey, 
whereof several in my own Parish, which now are either leveled 
with the ground or standing Monuments of the Wrath of God, 
are so shattered and torn that they are irrepairable. While these 
were trembling, the Earth opened in my Parish in multitudes of 
Places, and through thier dire Chasms spew'd out Water to a con- 
siderable height above ground, in such quantities in some Places, 
that it made our Gullies run on a suddain, tho' before exceeding 
dry ; in so much that some were afraid of being overwhelmed at 
once by the Eiver and Sea joining together to swallow up the 
Countrey, especially nigh the River, in the purest Mould, which 
had not Clay or other Consolidating Matter beneath to oppose the 
force of the Fountain of the Deep breaking up ; for ■where that was, 
we do not find any cracks of the Earth at all ; and yet it pleases 
God that we in the Parish have escaped the Danger much better 
than our Neighbour Parishes ; for happening to content ourselves 
with mean and low built Houses, for the most part built with Timber, 
and boarded, or with Cratches set deep in the ground and Plaistered, 
such Houses are generally standing : So that we have means to 
assist one another in this calamitous distress. 

In 1728 the finances of the parish were in such a bad 
condition that a BUI was passed by the Assembly to reduce 
the rector's salary from £150 to £100. 
;, Under date February 11, 1803, Lady Nugent records 
jfchat " The Admiral brought Mr. and Mrs. Ledwich and 
Captain Dunn with him." This may refer either to the 
rector of Vere or to his brother, G. Ledwich, the rector 
of Port Royal. On July 2 she entertained " the Mr. and 
Mrs. Ledwich " again. 



The following is a list of the rectors as complete as it has 
been possible to make it : 

1671. Rev. Lander. 

1675. Vacant. 

1678. Rev. Thomas Hardwicke. 

1693. Rev. Samuel Cook. 

1701. Rev. Richard Tabor. 

1716. Rev. James White. 

1762-63. Rev. Samuel Griffiths, A.M. Cantab. 

1763-70. Rev. John Lindsay, D.D. 

1770-72. Rev. John Wolcot (Peter Pindar). 

1776. Rev. William Morgan. 

1782-94. Rev. f^ancis Johnstone. 

1795-96. Rev. Thomas Markly. 

1797-1802. Rev. Edward Ledwich. 

1803. Vacant. 

1804. Rev. Thomas Underwood. 

1805. Rev. Humphries. 

1806. Vacant. 
1807-09. Rev. Isaac Mann. 
1811-15. Rev. Edmund Pope, LL.D. 
1816. Rev. John M'Cammon Trew. 
1817-20. Rev. George Crawford Ricketts Fearon. 
1821-24. Rev. Joseph Jefferson. 

1825. Rev. Edward F. Hughes. 

1826. Rev. Urquhart Gillespie Rose. 

1827. Rev. Henry V. Towton, M.D. Edin. 1817. 
1828-44. Rev. John Smith, A.B. 

1845-47. Rev. B. Robinson, B.A. 

1849-50. Rev. J. Williams. 

1851. Rev. W. S. Coward. 

1855-69. Rev. Thomas Garrett, B.A. 

1870. Rev. Alexander Foote. 

1871-76. Rev. C. Douet, B.A. (later Assistant Bishop). 

1876. Rev. C. T. Husband. 

1905. Rev. S. Negus. 

Griffiths accompanied the Governor, William Henry 
Lyttelton, to the island in 1762, and was in the same year 
-presented to the rectory of Vere. He afterwards removed 
to St. Dorothy, and later to St. Jago de la Vega. Of 
Dr. Lindsay some account was given in the notice of the 

Wolcot, satirist and poet, best known perhaps by his 
satires on the King and the Royal Academy, accompanied 



as physician his kinsman, Sir William Trelawny, when he 
came out to take up the governorship of Jamaica in 1767. 
They were both Cornishmen, and Wolcot had been chaplain 
on Trelawny's ship when the latter was a captain in the 
navy. Finding that medical prospects in Jamaica were 
not promising he returned to England in 1769, and took 
orders with a view to being appointed rector of St. Ann, 
the Bishop of London ordaining him deacon and priest 
on succeeding days. Returning to Jamaica early in 1770 
he found the rectory of St. Ann not vacant, and he was 
appointed to Vere. He was ex-officio a trustee of the Vere 
School. He hved with the Governor at Spanish Town 
and performed most of his duties by deputy. In May of 
the same year he was appointed physician general to the 
horse and foot soldiers in the island. He hved on terms of 
close intimacy with the Trelawnys, and one of his earher 
poems, " The Nymph of Tauris," which first saw the light 
of day in Jamaica, is an elegy on the death of Ann Trelawny, 
sister to Sir William. Soon after the Governor's death, 
which occurred in December 1772, Wolcot accompanied 
Lady Trelawny to England, and Redding in his " Recollec- 
tions Literary and Personal," tells us that her death shortly 
afterwards robbed him of a future wife. 

While rector of Vere he pubHshed a work entitled " Per- 
sian Love Elegies, to which is added the Nymph of Tauris," 
printed in Kingston in 1773 by Joseph Thompson and Co. 
It is dedicated to Lady Trelawny. This work is, apart 
from the Kingston printed Almanac of 1751, the oldest 
Jamaica printed book in the library of the Institute. 

The following tale is told of Wolcot's ready wit in Jamaica. 
At a dinner-party given by Pusey Manning of Vere, he 
jokingly introduced the rector to a stranger in the follow- 
ing manner, " This is Dr. Wolcot, the unworthy incum- 
brance of this parish." " And this. Sir," retorted Wolcot, 
" is Pusey Manning, Esq., the scabbiest sheep in my flock." 

The east window of the church is filled with stained 
glass, and stained glass is in two Hghts of the west window. 
That to the south is " In memory of Marie Sophie, the 
beloved wife of James Harvey, who died on July 24, 


1871, aged 41 years " : that to the north is " In memory 
of George Harrison Townsend, died July 10, 1846, and 
Sarah Bevil his wife died Feb. 22, 1871." 

The church owns a most interesting chalice and paten : 
on the former is inscribed " The Gift of Ralph Rippon, 
sen., to the Parish Church of Vere, in Jamaica, 1687 " : 
on the paten "Ralph Rippon, 1687." Except for the 
paten at Yallahs, which dates from 1683, these are the 
oldest examples of plate in the colony. Both bear the 
date mark of 1685. The chahce is typical of what 
Cripps calls " the rude vessels of the latter part of the 
century." Rippon represented Vers in the Assembly 
from 1726 to 1733, with an interval in 1731, when he sat 
for St. Elizabeth. 

The following are the principal tombs in Vere Church, 
those that are given in Lawrence- Archer being so stated : 

Mural Monuments 

1. Underneath, amidst the ashes of her father, mother, brothers 
and sisters, lyes interred the body of Elizabeth, daughter to ye 
Honble. John Gale, Esq., and Elizabeth, his wiffe, who dyed April 
the 30, 1761, in the 34th year of her age, in memory of whose many 
amiable qualities her Husband Daniel McGilohrist, Esq., hath 
erected this monument of his love and regard to one of the best of 

[In Lawrence-Archer, who, however, omits the arms : — A lion 
rampant : impaling a bar charged with 3 lions heads between 3 
pairs of fish in saltire.] 

2. Beneath this marble, in this pew, lieth interred the body's of 
the Honourable John Morant, Esq., who departed this life October 
the 3rd anno domini 1723, in the 44th year of his age, and his son, 
John Morant, Esq., who departed this life February the 6th, anno 
domini 1734, in the 36th year of his age, and also Elizabeth, the 
wife of John Gale, Esq., daughter of John Morant the elder, who 
departed this life January the 10th, 1740, in the 34th year of her 

Arms — Gules, a fess lozengy argent and azure, between three 
talbots passant or. 

[In Lawrence-Archer, who has " 38th year " for " 36th year," 
and calls the azure sable, and puts rampant for passant.] 

3. Near this place are deposited the remains of John Morant, 
who died the 9th of August, 1741, aged 18, William Morant, who 
died the 9th of November, 1744, aged 19, Samuel Morant, who died 
the . . . October 1752, aged 18, Eleanor Angelina Morant, who 


died the 5th of February, 1756, aged 24, Mary Morant, who died 
the 9th August, 1769, aged 60. 

Arms — Gules a fess lozengy argent or sable, between three 
talbots or. 

[In Lawrence-Archer, who has " 1756 " for 1769.] 

4. Near this place are deposited the remains of John Gale, 
Esquire, who departed this life on the 24th June 1768, aged 24 
year, Sarah Gale, who died on 29th August, 1748, aged 14 year, 
the Honble. John Gale, Esquire, who died on 27th February, 1749-50, 
aged 52 year, Jonathan Gale, who died 30th April, 1756, aged 25 
year, and Elizabeth, the wife of William Gale, and daughter of John 
Morant, Esquire, who departed this life the 14th of June, 1759, 
aged 31 year. 

Arms — Quarterly 1 and 4, on a fess between three pairs of fish 
in saltire as many lions heads erased ; 2 and 3 a chevron between 
three talbots passant. 

[In Lawrence-Archer, who gives " 1743 " for 1748, omits all 
reference to Jonathan Gale, and calls the fish in saltire merely 

5. To the memory of the Hon. Kean Osborn of Caswell Hill in 
the parish of Vere and of Montpelier, Saint Thomas-in-the-East, 
late Speaker of the House of Assembly in this Island, who departed 
this life the 4th of September, 1820, at Mont-sur-Vaudray, in Prance, 
on his way to Italy for the health of the wretched survivor, Elizabeth 

6. Sacred to the memory of Eimis Bead, Esq., who departed this 
life on the 10th day of Novr., 1771, aged 58, and of Margaret, his 
wife, who died on tl^e 29th of Septr., 1746, aged 34. A pair that 
by a primaeval purity of maimers acquired the universal esteem of 
and reflected honour on human nature. To the world their lives 
were fair models of imitation : their last moments an instructive 
lesson that shew'd with what fortitude and serenity, virtue can 
support her votaries in the awful hour of dissolution. 

O'er Birth and Titles let the column heave 
And venal flattery mock the lifeless ear, 
Far nobler honomrs grace your humble grave, 
Truth's simple sigh and Virtue's sacred tear. 

Arms — Azure a griffin rampant or, impaling between three stags 
passant or a chevron charged with three rosettes gules. 

7. Erected to the memory of Saml. Alpress Geo. Osborn, 
lieutenant 74th regiment, aged 20 years, who departed this life on 
the 26th September, 1828, at Gibraltar, of the malignant fever 
prevalent there, by his broken-hearted grand-mother, Elizabeth 
Osborn. . . . 

8. George Cussans Richards, Esqr., Obit. Jany. 1828. Erected 
to the memory of their relative by John Morant, George Morant, 
Esquires, Sir John and Lady Lambert. Sacred to the memory of 


Edward Sympsoii, Esqre., younger son of Robert Sympson, Esqr., 
of Monymusk, in this parish. Previous to his residence in this 
island, he served with credit many years in the royal navy and was 
present at the Battle of Navarino, 20th October, 1827, in H.M. Ship 
Asia, 84 guns, Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, G.C.B. He ob- 
tained and preserved the universal goodwill and affection of his 
comrades and of those amongst whom his lot was subsequently 
oast. Died at Monymusk, March 8th, 1846, aged 33 years. 

9. Near this monument lies interred the body of John Pusey. 
Esqr., who died the 24th day of January, 1767, aged 75 years, 
Disinterestedly sincere, and uniformly steady in the interest of 
his native country ; he lived truly and justly venerated. Un- 
solicitous of public honours, he knew no ambition but that of doing 
good ; and possessing a soul rich in humanity and benevolence 
which poured forth its bounty with a generous and unbounded 
hand. He died gratefully lamented. 

Arms — Gules 2 bars or. Crest : a oat o'mountain statant 

10. In memory of John, who died the 14th January, 1860, also 
of Mary Agatha, who died 22 March, 1862, the infant children of 
Rev. Thos. Garrett, M.A., rector of this parish, and of Sarah, his 
wife, this tablet was erected in the 16th year of his incumbency, 
in the year of the Lord, 1869. 

11. Sacred to the memory of Anna Maria, widow of the late 
Stephen Hamiaford, Esquire, of Amity Hall, in the parish of St. 
Dorothy, who departed this life on the 20th day of January, 1874, 
in the 68th year of her age. Deeply regretted by her family and 
friends who mourne her loss. 

12. Sacred to the memory of William Lewis, who died at Moreland 
Estate, August 4th, 1838, aged 41 years. Beloved, esteemed and 
respected by everyone who knew him as an able, kind and honest 
man, the loss of whom is by no one more sincerely regretted and 
lamented than by Robert and Edward Sympson of Mone3rmusk 
Estate, who have caused this tablet to be erected to his memory. 

13. Sacred to the memory of William Gollman, Esquire, born 
15th May, 1807, died 25th January, 1853, at Caswell Hill Estate, 
in the Parish of Vere. Also George Munro Collman, born Nov. 
29th, 1834, died 29th May, 1853, at Bushy Park Estate in the parish 
of St. Dorothy, and Elizabeth Caroline Collman, born 28th August, 
1846, died 27th July, 1849, at Salt River in the parish of Vere. As 
a tribute of conjugal and maternal remembrance this tablet has been 
inscribed by Elizabeth Collman. 

14. Sacred to the memory of George Willett Hannaford, youngest 
son of the late Stephen Hannaford, Esq., of the parish of St. 
Dorothy, who departed this life on the 23rd day of October, 1875, 
in the 37th year of his age. . . . 

15. In memory of Canute Wilson, many years Clerk of the Peace 
for this parish, this monument is erected by the many friends who 


experienced his kindness. He departed this life at Gibbons on the 
16th October, 1848, aged 47 years. 

16. To the memory of EmmaEdwarde?, only daughter of Richard 
Crewe, Esqr., of Ra5rmonds Estate, and wife of John PuseyEdwardes, 
Esq., of Pusey Hall, at which place she died on the 23rd of November, 
1820. . . . 

Near this place lies interr'd with her parents, &c., the body of 
Mrs. Deborah Gibbons, wife to Willm. Gibbons, Esq., and daughter 
of John Pavell, Esq., of ye county of York, who departed this life 
the 20th of July, 1711, in the 29th year of her age. To summ up 
her character in brief she was one of the best of women and a most 
pious Christian. She left only one daughter, who married the 
Honble. James Lawes, eldest son of Sir N. S. Lawes, Kt., Governor 
of this island, who in honour to the memory of so good a parent 
erected this monument to her. 

Arms — Or a lion rampant sable surmounted by a bend argent 
charged with three escallops argent : impaling sable a chevron 
argent between three escallops argent. 

17. Sacred to the memory of William Pusey, Esq., representative 
in Assembly for this parish & Colonel of the Midland Division of 
horse militia, who died the 11th day of June, 1783, aged 43 years. 
And of Elizabeth, his wife, who departed this life the 8th day of 
June, 1780, in her 40th year. 

While here a brother's sorrowing eye 
Surveys the melancholy stone ; 
Dear Shades ! Accept a Muse's sigh, 
A Muse that mourns for worth alone. 

[This epitaph is said to have been written by Peter Pindar]. 

18. A tribute to filial and parental affection, this monument is 
erected by Kean Osborn, Esq., and Elizabeth, his wife, to the 
memory of her father, the Honble. Samuel Alpress, Esquire, of 
Caswell Hill, in this parish, and of Margaret Eleanor, her mother. 
Also to the memory of the two sons of Kean Osborn and Elizabeth 
his wife, Samuel Alpress Osborn, who departed this life on xxx day 
of July MDCCCI, on his passage from this island to resume his 
studies at Trinity Hall, Cambridge ; and of Kean Osborn, a Captain 
in the Vth Dragoon Guards, and a Q.M.G., to Lt. Genl. Sir Thomas 
Picton's Division, who fell at the Battle of Salamanca in Spain 
on the xxii day of July MDCCCXII, after having distinguished 
himself at the Battle of Vimeira and besieges of Ciudad Rodrigo 
& Badajos. 

[Executed in Rome, 1818.] 

19. In memory of Robert Edward Mitchell, who died in the 
discharge of his duty, April 3, 1899, aged 28. 

20. In memory of Robert Charles Gibb, M.R.C.S., Eng., L.S.A., 
wiio for over twisn'^y years worked faithfully as a medical man in 


this parish. Died at Lismore House, St. Andrew, Jany. 27th, 1900, 
aged 49 years and was interred at Halfway-Tree. 

21. Erected by many friends to the glory of God & in memory 
of the Rsv. Charles Townshend Husband, rector of St. Peter's Vere 
from 1876 to 1904. Died 28th January, 1904. 

On the Flo OB of the Nave 

22. D.O.M.L. In piam memoriam dni' dni Andrer, Knight, 
Botulorum Oustodis et Supremi Judiois communium placitorum 
in Provinciis Clarendon et Vere in Jamaica, et turmae pedestris 
centurionis, qui obiit 42° aetatis anno, 19° julii, 1683. 

Dives opum Andreas : f amae virtutis et artis 
ditior ; hooque magis dives honoris erat. 
Plura darent superi, ni fata inviota negarent 
sternendo humani [sic] futile molis onus. 
Ni superi tamen huic et sors sibi fida deessent 
urna tenet corpus, mens habet alta polum, 
dicat, vovet, dedicat. 

Ja. Barclay. 

Arms — ■ ... on a fess . . . between three bulls heads erased 
. . . (each with a ring in its nose . . .) a fret between two eagles 
close. . . . 

[In Lawrence-Archer ; now in great part covered up.] 

It may be thus translated : 

To God, the best and greatest, praise. 

In affectionate memory of Sir Andrew Knight, Gustos Rotulorum : 
and Chief Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in the Parishes of 
Clarendon and Vere in Jamaica, Captain of a troop of infantry, 
who died in the 42nd year of his age, 19th July, 1683. 


Rich in this world's goods was Andrew : richer in his renown for 
virtue and learning : and therefore the richer in honours. The 
Gods above had given him more, had not the fates unconquerable 
gainsaid it by laying low the worthless burden of human toil. Yet 
unless the Gods above and his destiny, faithful to itself, proved 
wanting, a funeral now holds his body, his soul soaring on high is in 

James Barclay, gives vows and dedicates this. 

23. Here lyes the body of John Favell, Esqr., who died March 
the 20th, 1720-21, aged 72 years. 

Arms — ^A chevron between 3 escallops. 

24. Here lyeth ye body of George Pawcett ... of William 


Pawoett of . . . ewill in ye county of York, who departed this life 
13th day of January, 1681. 
[Partly covered.] 

25. In memory of Cap. John Watt, who departed this life April 
20th, in the year of our Lord, 1767, aged 54 years. 

26. Here lies tte body of John Pusey, Esquire, who died the 
24th of January, 1767, aged 75 years. 

27 . . . yeth interr'd the body of . . . grett Read, wife of ... is 
Read, who departed . . . the 29th day of September .... ar of 
our Lord, 1745, and in . . . ty second year of her age. 

Arms — ^A griffin rampant. [Partly covered.] 

The following are given by Lawrence-Archer but are not 
now visible : 

28. Here lyeth interr'd the body of Coll. Thomas Sutton, who 
departed this life, the 15th day of November, in the seventy -second 
year of his age, and in the year of our Lord God, 1710. B.M. Slab. 

29. (Ab.) In memory of John Sutton, son of John Sutton, Esq., 
of this parish . . . (Eulogium). Post tarn illustre diluculum qualis 
expectandus esset meridies ? Sed nubes — sed tenebrae — sed umbra 
mortis. He was cut off in the flower of his age by the violence of a 
fever, 23rd August, anno 1745. W.M. Slab. 

In Chxtrchyaed 

30. Sacred to the memory of Walter Comrie, eldest son of Walter 
Sterling Comrie, late of the parish of Westmoreland, obt. 12 October, 
1880, aged 46 years. 

31. This tomb was erected by Mr. Daniel Callaghan, consignee, 
and Messrs. Anderson Thomson & Co., owners of the barque Fere 
of London in memory of their loyal friend and servant Archibald 
Boyd, who traded regularly to Jamaica in command of the above 
vessel for many years. He died at Pusey Hall in this parish on 
the 24th December 1862, in the 52nd year of his age, & was buried 

32. Beneath this stone lieth the body of Ann Livingston, the 
beloved wife of William Livingston Reid, born 11th April, 1880, 
died on the 12th February, 1861, aged 53 years. 

Raines Waite, in the year 1694, left the remainder of 
his estate to poor children. As several persons of the old 
parish of Vere (which included a part of the present parish 
of Manchester) had made several charitable donations, 
consisting of lands, slaves and money, for the use of the 
said parish, without giving any particular directions or 
making any. particular appointments touching th« manage- 


ment or disposal of the proceeds of these gifts, an act of 
the Island Legislature was passed in 1740, vesting the 
funds of the Charity in certain trustees for the purpose 
of erecting buildings and endowing a free school at the 
Alley in the then parish of Vere, for the education and 
maintenance of as many poor children as the trustees 
might approve of. The present Free School at the AUey 
was founded under the provisions of this Act, which was 
amended by an act of 1768 and again by 18 Vic. c. 54. 
When Bridges wrote : " The funds at present amount to 
£12,000, vested in Island certificates, bearing 6 per cent, 
interest, with a parcel of land rented to Moneymusk 
estate, for £383 per annum, and some slaves, leased by 
the proprietor of Pusey Hall estate for the annual sum of 
£103. There is besides an excellent house, with five 
acres of land, and the establishment, which has been 
lately opened to the adjoining parishes of Manchester 
and Clarendon, maintains twelve boys." 

In 1908 a secondary school was estabhshed. 

Of Hillside Peter Pindar wrote a ballad entitled " The 
Fisherman," pubhshed in the " Columbian Maga2dne " for 
1797, commencing : 

At Hillside where you'll meet with most excellent Cheer, 
Good Burgundy, Claret, Hock, Cyder and Beer, 
Where the Master and Mistress seem both to Contest, 
Who shall treat with most kindness and welcome each Guest. 

The site of the old parish church of Clarendon, known 
as the Church of the White Cross, as distinguished 
from that of the Red Cross (the Cathedral) at Spanish 
Town, was on a rising piece of land about four miles from 
May Pen and eight from Old Harbour. It is now covered 
with dense undergrowth, and very few even of the negro 
squatters in the district know of its whereabouts. The bush 
was recently so thick that two men were necessary to cut 
a path through with machettes ; and though the old rectory 
was found, an hour's search failed to discover the church. 

The face of the country has been completely altered 
since the old days, but it is difficult to understand why 



such an out-of-the-way situation should have been selected. 
The only road in the district used when the church was 
dedicated was the present rough parochial road from 
May Pen which debouches on to the Free Town road 
about half a mile from Old Harbour. This latter road 
was not, it is beheved, in existence 150 years ago, so that 
the old road probably was continued to Old Harbour Bay, 
whither the sugar from the estates in Upper Clarendon was con- 
veyed. It is about three-quarters of a mile from the church, 
and now there is no trace of any road connecting them. 



The old church has now completely disappeared, as 
not so long ago local squatters pulled the walls down to 
utilise the stones. On the occasion of a visit in 1907 the 
walls of strong masonry were stiU standing, undamaged by 
the recent earthquake, though the roof had fallen ' in, 
several of its beams lying rotting in the grass. It was 
evidently a very small stone building, not more than 40 
by 20 ft. , though at the west end there was a small room 
about 12 ft. square, probably a vestry. The walls were 
not more than 10 ft. high. 

The foundations of the rectory are clearly visible, distant 
about 300 yards in the bush. Local tradition is that it 
was a large house with good stables. It was evidently 
built of bricks and must have been of a good size, larger 
than the church. There was a churchyard immediately 
joining the house. Besides traces of several other graves, 


there is a bricked and railed-in space containing several 
gravestones level wdth the ground. The slabs have no 
armorial bearing, bnt contain a full list of the virtues 
appertaining to the Hon. EdwaM Pennant (1736), chief 
justice and president of the Couricil, and of his wife Eliza- 
beth (1735), Francis Reading (1738), and, Wilham Dawkins, 
who died in 14/12/32 (1752), ag^d 26 years. 

Sir Henry Morgan, the buccaneer governor (1675-82), is 
commemorated in Morgan's Valley, where he for some 
time is said to have resided. 

The Chapelton Churcli, dedicated to St. Paul, was built 
at the time when the, present parish of Clarendon was 
divided into the parishes of Clarendon and Vere. The 
"Cross " Church, near May Pen, now in ruins; was then 
the parish church of Clarendon. The Chapelton Chixrch 
was built as a chapel of " ease " to the Cross Church, and 
was the first place of worship of any size erected in Upper 
Clarendon. It was commonly known as the " Chapel," 
and the village around it took the name from the church, 
being called " Chapel Town," and in the course of time 
shortened into its present form, Chapelton. The oldest 
records go back to the year 1666. 

The building when first erected was about one-fourth 
of its present size. It was then enlarged to half its present 
size, and finally was increased to its present size. This 
history of the growth of the church accounts for the fact 
that the old building had a double roof with a column of 
pillars down the centre. It appears that after the Cross 
Church fell into disuse, the daughter church of St. Paul's, 
Chapelton, became the Parish Church of Upper Clarendon, 
and what was then called " Lime Savannah Chapel " 
(now St. Gabriel's Church) took the place of the old church 
at the Cross. 

The list of incumbents as far as it has been possible 
to complete it is as foUows : 

Rev. Edward Reading. 
1765 (about). Rev. Michael Smith. 
1769. Rev. Richard Call. . 
1771. Rev. William Pagett, A.M. 


1775. Rev. Thomas Pool. 

1779. Rev. Isham Baggs. 

1794. Rev. Adam Sibbit. 

1804. Rev. Alexander Campbell. 

1806. Rev. Hugh Price Hughes. 

1808. Rev. Wm. Henry Lynch. 

1811. Rev. Lewis Bower bank. 

1814. Rev. Thomas P. Williams. 

1820. Rev. G. 0. R. Fearon. 

1822. Rev. J. W. Austin. 

1840. Rev. Sam. Hy. Stewart, LL.D. 

1852. Rev. Chas. Hy. Hall. 

1877. Rev. Hy. Wase Whitfield. 

1897. Rev. C. P. Muirhead. 

1913. Rev. R. J. Maopherson. 

There are monuments to John Moore (d. 1733), the 

grandfather of Henry Moore, Ueutenant governor of 




Jamaica and Governor of New York ; to Edward Pennant 
(d. 1736) ; to EUzabeth his wife (d. 1735), from whom 
descended the Barons Penrhyn ; to Thomas Beach (d. 
1774), Attorney-General and Chief Justice, and grandfather 
to Sir Henry de la Beche, the eminent geologist. 

The Halse Hall Burial-Ground contains a tomb of 
the Halse family— Major Thomas Halse (d. 1702), who 
came from Barbados with Penn and Venables, and Thomas 
Halse (d. 1727) ; on Old Plantations Estate are tombs 
of Henry Dawkins (d. 1744), a member of the Assembly for 
Vere, and James Dawkins (d. 1757) ; at Sheckle's estate 
is the tomb of John Sheckle (d. 1782), the custos of Claren- 


don and Vere. Kemp's Hill Look-out is about four 
miles north of the Alley ; on the top of the hill are some 
old cannon. The look-out commanded a view of CarHsle 
Bay. At Harmony Hall is an Arawak kitchen-midden ; 
at Mountain River (St. John's) are Arawik rock-carvings 
(illustrated in the " Journal of the Institute of Jamaica ") ; 
at Jackson's Bay and Three Sandy Bay are caves with 
Arawak remains. The mountain, Juan de Bolas, was 
the haunt of the leader of rebelhous negroes of that name 
who smrendered to the English soldiers soon after the 
conquest. At Longville, named after Samuel Long, who 
came out with Penn and Venables and settled there, on 
the Rio Minho, are indications of the places where the 
Spaniards washed for gold. 

According to reports furnished to the Assembly for 
1832 and 1833 by the physican, A. Murchison, M.D., 
there were 112 patients admitted to Milk River Baths in 
the former year and 82 in the latter. In both cases a large 
proportion suffered from disorders of the stomach and 
hver, and rheumatism. 

Moses Kellet, who represented Clarendon in the Assembly 
in 1746-51, was the owner of Kellets in Clarendon. 


Names of ships are printed in italics 

Abbecromby, Sir Eai,ph, 72 

Able, Eliz., 244 

Accompong, 325, 327, 335, 369 

Adelaide street, 123 

" Adelgitha," 356 

Adelphi, 342 

Admiral's Mountain, 72, 211 

— Pen, 66, 72, 210, 211 
Affleck, Rear-Admiral Philip, 210 
Africa, 332 

Agricultural Department, 24, 25 

— Society, 28, 99 
Agua Alta Bahia, 9 
Aguacadiba, 273 
Agualta, 11, 217, 308 

— Vale, 179, 265 
Aikman, A., 103 
Akee, 25 

Akers, Mrs. 137 
Akjampong, 325 
Albemarle, Christopher, Duke of, 

xiii, 16, 114, 172 
Albert, Prince, 79 
Albion Estate, 252 
Aldred, John, 380 
Alexander, 169 
Allen, Grant, 118 
Alley, 377, 379, 380 

— Church, 382 

— Free School, 393 
AUman, George, 155 

— Thomas, 155 
AUwood, Robert, xvii, 103 
Almanac, Jamaica, 39, 320, 386 
Almond tree, 25 

Alpress, Hon. Samuel, 390 
— • Margaret Eleanor, 390 
Alsop, Rev. William, 94 

Alta Mela, 9, 11 

Amhv^cade, 75 

America, 272 

American Hotels Company, 218 

Ameyro, 274 

Amiens, Peace of, 332 

Amity Hall, 389 

— — Estate, 377 
Anderson, Thomson and Co., 392 
Andreiss, Lieut.-Col. Barnard, 353 

— Tomb of, 371 
Andress, Major, 352 
Angling Elizabeth, 339, 340 

— Philip, 339 
Annals of Jamaica, 295 
Anne, 333 

Annotto Bay, 259, 266 
Aqueducts, 13, 220 
Arawak beads, 3 

— carvings, 270 

— caves, 342, 368, 371, 397 

— huts, 12 

— implements, 182 

— Indians, 1, 267 

— kitchen-midden, 146, 292, 318, 
342, 345, 397 

— pottery, 182, 269 

— remains, 146, 233, 253, 368, 
371, 397 

— rock-carvings, 146, 266, 318, 
342, 397 

Archaeology, 6 

Archbishop of the West Indies, 162 
Archbold, Henry, 197 
Archbould, 235 

— Henry, 217, 262 

— Lieut.-Col. Henry, 216 

— Col. Henry, 216 



Arohbould, James, 217 

— Major William, 217 

— Sarah Elizabeth, 217 
Architecture, 13 
Ardent, 74 

Arms, 182 

Arrowroot, 271 

Ash, George, 323, 341 

Ashmore, Charles, 181 

Asia, 333, 389 

Assembly, House of, 15-17, 47, 69, 
92, 98, 101, 111, 119, 124, 127, 
132, 149, 156, 174, 175, 177, 179, 
185, 191, 209, 210, 214, 219, 226, 
235, 240, 261, 265, 293, 300, 309, 
319, 332, 337, 374, 377, 387 

Assiento, 109, 138, 213 

Atherton, Rev. W. B., B.A., 178 

Atkins, John, 4, 62 

— Eev. Robert, 165 
Auohindown, 371 
Auracabeza, 9 

Austin, Rev. Canon John W., 94, 

322, 396 
Ayhner, 124 

— Colonel Whitgift, 127, 128 
Ayscough, John, xiv, xv, xviii, 124 

Bacon, John, 12, 120, 123, 167- 

169, 323 
Baggs, Rev. Ishain, 396 
Baily, E. H., R.A., 191 
Balaclava, 370 
Balcarres, Alexander Earl of, xiv, 

181, 327, 328, 331, 337-38 
Balcarres Hill, 258 
Ballard, Colonel, 289 

— Mary, 360 

Bancroft, Dr. E. N., 170, 176 
Bang, Aaron, 171, 223 
Banks, Sir Joseph, 249, 310, 367 
Bannister, Maj.-Gen. James, xv 
Banns, 165 

Baptism Registers, 24, 93, 126, 
166, 199, 206, 322 

— of slaves, 166, 206 
Baptist Ground, 195 
Baptists, 161, 188 
Barba, 275, 278 

•■ Barbados Gazette," 39 
Barbican, 304 
Barclay, James, 391 

Barfleur, 73, 75, 122 

Barham, 25, 33 

Barker, Andrew, 230 

Barkly, Sir Henry, xiv, 36, 106 

Barne, G. H., xx 

Barnes, Joseph, 170 

Barnes Gully, 155, 170 

Barnett, 342 

Baron-Wilson, Mrs. Margaret, 353 

Barracks, 19, 146, 193, 302, 303, 

Barrett, Elizabeth, 318 

— Richard, xvii, 33 
Barrett street, 123 
Barrow, Thomas, xix 

Barry, Colonel Samuel, xviii, 199, 

206, 234, 235, 287 
Barry street, 155 
Bath, 247 

— Court House, 248 

— Garden, 25, 175 
Bartholomew, Rev. W., 348 
Batty, 382 

— FitzHerbert, xx 

— Richard, 12 
Bayly, Nathaniel, 308 

— Zachary, 205, 210, 307, 308 
Baynes, Rev. W. W., 348 
Bayona, Peter de, 281, 283 
Beach, Thomas, xviii, xix, 124, 

175, 396 
Beads, Indian, 3, 270, 273 
Beaumont, Augustus Hardin, 340 

— Jamima, 166 
Beckford, 124, 267, 360, 382 

— Ballard, 174, 360 

— Nathaniel, xv 

— Colonel Peter, xiii, xv, xvii, 

33, 45, 47, 71, 98, 101, 102, 
206, 247, 359, 360 

— Peter, junr., xvi, xvii 

— Richard, xvii, xix, 358, 362 

— Robert, 206 

— Sir Thomas, xvii, 175, 359, 


— William, 304, 354, 361-67 
Beckford and Smith School, 102, 


— Lodge, 367 

— street, 123, 154, 367 

— Town, 358 
Beeston, 375, 377 



Beeston, Edward, 200 

— Henry, 200 

— Jane, 200 

— Sir William, xiii, xvi, xxiii, 

45, 48, 60, 150, 158, 199, 
200, 201, 206, 213, 247, 352, 
373, 375, 377 

— Lady, 158 
Beeston street, 154 

Bell, Maj.-Gen. E. Wells, xiv, 181 

Belle Vue, 270 

Bellthrapp, Richard, 249 

Belmore, Somerset Earl of, xiv 

Belvedere, 249 

Benbo, Admiral John, xx, 46, 59, 

170, 172, 207, 374 
Bfenbow, tomb of, 167 
Bendish, 266 
Bennett, George, 200 

— Rev. Philip, 94 

— Thomas, xxii 

Berkeley, Maj.-Gen. Sackville, xiv, 

Bernaldez, 129, 270 
Bernard, Peter, xviii 

— Samuel, xvi, xviii, 55, 204 
Berry, Mr., 228 
Berthaville, 228 

Bethania, 80 

Bevil, Sarah, 387 

Bickell, Rev. R., 161 

Birds, 273 

Bishop of Antigua, 162 

— of Honduras, 162 

— of North Carolina, 162 

— of St. Albans, 162 
Black Carolina Corps, 227 
Blaokfield Bay, 352 
Blaokheath, 38 
Blackmore, Francis, 55 
Blachmore, 287 

Black River, 12, 355, 356, 369 
Black Rod, 108 
Blackwood, 221 
Blagrove, 291 

— Henry John, 293 

— John, 291, 292, 293, 341 

— Peter, 295 

— Thomas, 293 
Blair, John, xvii 
Blake, 353 

— Anne, 318 

Blake, Sir Henry Arthur, xv, 301 

— James, 306 

— Lady, 338 

— William, xvii, 121 
Blake road, 155 
Bleby, 76 
Bleevelt, 349 

Blew Fields, 349 
Bligh, Captain, 25, 26 

— Commodore Richard Rodney, 

Blimbling, 26 
Block-house, 334 
Blome, 13, 40, 348, 349 
Blome's map, 379 
Bloody Bay, 367 
Bloxburgh Cave, 233 
Bluckfield, 353 
Bluefield, 39, 74, 348, 349, 352 

— Bay, 346 

— River, 352 

Blue Mountain, 25, 43 
Bluff, The, 345 
Blundell Hall, 182 
Boca d'Agua, 11 
Boddington, John, 202 
Bogle and Cathcart's, 196 

— Jopp and Co.'s, 196 

— Margaret, 221 

— Robert, 171, 221 • 
Bog Walk, 11 

Bolas, Juan de, 132 
Bonnervalle, Parson, 244 
Bonneville Pen, 296 
Botanic Garden at Bath, 29, 248 

— — at Castleton, 30 
Botany Bay, 253 
Bouchier, Charles, 145 
Boundaries, 43 
Bounty Hall, 318 
Bourden, John, xiii, xv, 55 
Bourke, Nicholas, xvii 
Bourne, H. Clarence, xv 
Bowerbank, Dr., 164, 195 

— Rev. Lewis, 94, 396 
Bowers, 133 

Bowrey road, 155 
Boyd, Archibald, 392 
Boydell, John, 363 
Bradford, William, 158 
Bradshaw, Rev. F. S., 94 

— James, xvi, 149 



Braine, Rev. Gleorge Taylor, 207 
Brampton, 307 
Branch, E. St. John, xx 
Branding iron, 15 

— slaves, 14 
Brandon Hill, 342 
Bravo, Alexander, 131 

— Alexandre, 107 

— Moses, 107 
Braybrook, Lord, 359 
Brayne, 206, 239, 284 
Breadfruit, 27 
Breastwork, 255 
Bridge Pen, 228 

Bridges, George Wilson, 5, 290, 
291, 295, 299, 302, 305, 325, 338, 
359, 372, 377, 393 

British occupation. 111 

Broadleaf, 334 

Broadside, 53 

Brock, Sir Thomas, 195 

Brockenhurst, 383 

Brodrick, 124 

— Charles, xix 

— - William, xvii, xix 
Brookbank, Joseph Fennell, 166 
Brooke-Knight, Captain, 219 
Broughton, Dr. A., 26 
Brown, Captain Charles, 169 

— Eear-Admiral William, xxii, 

— • William S., xxii 
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 318 

— Robert, 318, 342 
Brown's Town Church, 305 
Bruce, Lord, 98 

— Elizabeth Mary, 98 
Brunswick street, 123 
Bryan Castle, 307 
Bryan and Co., W. B., 196 
Brydone, Patrick, 366, 367 
Buckingham, Duke of, 229 
Bull, John, 179, 180 

Bull Bay, 253 

— House, 179 
Bullock, William, 103 
Bunbury, Thomas, 181 
Burford-Hancock, Sir Henry 

James, xix 
Burge, William, xx, xxiii, 340 
Burial-Grounds, 195, 233, 344, 396 

— Registers, 24, 126, 207, 322 

Burke, 359 

Burnaby, Sir William, xxi, 210 

Burnett, Stirling and Co., 196 

Burney, Charles, 367 

Burnt Savannah, 43 

Burough, William, 287, 288 

Burrows, William, 84 

Burton, Elizabeth, 144 

Bushy Park, 389 

Buston, Rev. William, 144 

Buttler, J., 384 

Buxton, Thomas Fowell, 232 

Buzzard, 293 

Byndloss, Henry Morgan, xix 

— Robert, xviii, 71, 216, 360 
Byndloss lane, 155 

Byng, Hon. Henry Dilkes, xxii 
Byron, 357 

Cabakita Punt a, 10 

Cabo Bonito, 10 

Cabo del Buen Tempo, 319 

— — Tiempo, 271 
Cabonico, 6 
Caborido, 10 
Cacao, 26 

Caciques, 1, 129, 271, 272 

Cage, 182 

Cagua, 11, 46 

Cagway, 11, 282, 284, 287 

Cagway, 287 

Caillard, Peter, 158 

Calabar College, 36 

Calendar of State Papers, 54, 284, 

California, 342 
Call, Rev. Richard, 395 
Callaghan, Daniel, 392 
Callender, 298 
Cambridge Estate, 340 

— Hill, 253 

— Local Examinations, 37 
Camellia, 25 

Cameron, Lady Margaret, 212 
Campbell, Rev. Alexander, 165, 
207, 396 

— Archibald, xiv, 175,, 181 

— Ven. Archdeacon D. H., 164, 

165, 207 

— Dr. Charles, 164 

— Donald, xvii 

— Colonel James, 



Campbell, John, 344 

— Rev. John, 106, 207 
Campbell memorial chancel, 202 
Camphor tree, 25 

Can, Robert, 243 
Cane River Falls, 233 
Canning lane, 123 
Cannons, 123, 397 
Canoes, 76, 270 
Cape St. Nicholas, 270 
Gapitana, 272 
Caravels, 274, 276 
Carder Park, 258 
Cardiff Hall, 292, 303 
Cardwell, Mr., 245 
Carey, Rev. John, 207 
Cary, Theodore, 48 
Cargill, 382 

— Dr., 220, 227 

— Judge J. F., 220 

— Mrs. J. F., 218, 220 

— Captain Richard, 175, 243, 


— Robert, 381 
Caribs, 267 

Carlisle, Charles Earl of, xiii, 15, 
139, 200, 234, 359, 373, 378, 384 
Carlisle Bay, 214, 352, 373, 374, 
377, 383 

— Fort, 378 
Carlton, 342 
Carlyle, 246 

Carmichael, General Hugh, 146, 

Carr, Mary, 169 
Carsden, Hans, 71 
Carson, Captain, 218 
Cartagena, 205 
Carvil Bahia, 10, 11 
Gary, Colonel Theodore, 71 
Cassada-bread, 290 
Cassava, 271, 273 
Cassia Park, 203 
CasteHranc, Rev. Gideon, 207 
Castile, Sir James, 109, 213 
Castile Fort, 216 
Castleton, Botanic Garden at, 30, 

Castle Wemyss, 327 
Caswell Hill, 388 
Catadupa, 371 
Cathedral, 89 

Catherine Hall, 342 
Catherine's Peak, 174, 233 
Catholic Chapel, 161 
Cattle, importation of, 266 
Cavaliers, 199 
Cave, The, 320 

— Valley, 326 
Cayman Islands, 272, 367 
Caymanas, 146 

Cedar, 334 
Cellier, Mr., 198 
Celts, 3 
Census, 40 
Chalice, 387 

Chambers, Obediah, 368 
Chancellor's purse, 182, 184 
Chandos, Duchess of, 206 
Chapelton, 379 
Chapelton Church, 395 
Chareras, 11, 281, 282, 290 
Charity Commissioners, 35 
Charles, 82 
Charles II, 235 
Charles square, 175 

— Town, 327, 337 
Charlotte, Queen, 209 
Charlton, Edward, xxiii 
Cheere, Sir Henry, 203 

— John, 168, 203 
Chereiras. See Chareras 
Cherimoyer, 25 
Cherry Garden, 229 
Child, George, 380 
Chireras. See Chareras 
Chocolate, 290 
Chorrera, 281 

— River, 281 
Christchurch, 48 
Christopher's Cove, 266 
Chrystie, 218 

Church, Brown's Town, 305 

— at Chapelton, 395 

— " Cross," 395 

— of St. Dorothy, 130 

— Entries, 161 

— of St. James, 322 

— of St. John, 264 

— Kingston Parish, 156, 159, 161 

— of Lucea, 343 

— of Morant Bay, 246 

— Registers, 199 

of St. Andrew, 201 



Church of St. Thomaa-in-the-Vale, 

— of Savanna-la-Mar, 346 

— at Sevilla, 279 

— Trelawny, 306 

— of the White Cross, 393 
Church street, 196 
Churchill, Thomas, 115 
Cimarron, 324 
Cinchona, 30 
Cinnamon, 25 

— Hill, 342 
City Council, 164 
Claremont, 302 
Clarendon, 373 
Clark, John, 360 
Clarke, 33 

— Sir Alured, xiv, 181, 187 

— Colonel, 83 

— Dr., 25, 175 

— Rev. Edward, 348 

— Sir Fielding, xix 

— Rev. Henry, 348 

— Sir Simon, 343 

— Somerset M. Wiseman, xv 

— Thomas, 149 

— Dr. Thomas, 25, 26 
Clee, William, 124 
Cleland's, W., 196 
Clement, John, 103 
dies, John, 207 

— Mrs., 207 

— Henrietta, 207 
Close Harbour, 321 
Clyde, 321 
Coach, 185 

Coadjutor Bishop of Jamaica, 162 
Coape, Colonel, 31, 125 
Coates, Captain, 75 
Cobham Hall, 209 
Cobre, Rio, 10 
Cochrane, 211 

— Hon. Sir Alexander Forrester 

Inglis, xxii, 123 
Cochrane lane, 123 
Cookbum, Vice-Admiral Sir 

George, xxii 
Cockpit country, 334, 336 
Cockpits, 326 
Cocoa-plums, 271 
Codrington, Sir Edward, 389 
Coffee, 25, 204 

Cold Spring, 25 

Colebeck, Major John, xvi, 132, 

Colebeck Castle, 131 
Coll, Sir Anthony, xix 
College, Spanish Town, 37 
Collier, Captain Anthony, 124 
OoUingwood, 48, 72 
Collins, Rev. William, 165 
CoUman, Elizabeth Caroline, 389 

— George Murro, 389 

— William, 389 

Colours of W.I. Regiment, 164 
Colpoys, Vice-Admiral Sir Edward 

Griffith, xxii 
Colt, St. John, 249 
Colthirst, Hon. H. F., 164 
" Columbian Magazine," 196, 220, 

262, 300, 321 
Columbus Bartolome, 277 

— Christopher, 1, 12, 46, 130, 

267, 270, 273, 292, 319 

— Diego, 86, 291 

— Fernando, 5, 270, 273 
Combs, 273 
Communion plate, 163 

— Service, 202 

Comrie, Walter Stirling, 392 

Concanen, Matthew, xix, 45 

Concrete, 164 

Congregational Church, 195 

Congreve, William, 361 

Conran, Ma j.- Gen. Henry, xiv, 181 

Conran lane, 123 

Constantine House, 179 

Constant Spring, 216, 217 

" Contemporary Review," 337 

Content, 373 

Cook, Rev. Samuel, 381, 385 

Coolies, 99 

Coote, Sir Eyre, xiv, 181 

Cope, Colonel, 124 

— Hester, 249 
Cope Place, 124 
Corbin, WiUiam, 158 
Cork, Rev. Josias, 348 

— Philip C, XV 

— Miss A. E., 295 
Cornwall, 353, 355, 357 
Cornwallis, 181 

— Couba, 72, 75 
Coswell, Tho., 380 



Cotes, Rear-Admiral Thomas, xxi 
Cotman, Benjamin, 32 
Cottage, The, 210, 341 
Cottawood negroes, 326 
Cotton, Sir Willoughby, 181, 321 
Cotton tree, 197, 380 
Council, 15, 103, 111, 115, 128, 

184, 197 
Counties, 42 

Courtenay, Richard W., xxii 
Court House, Kingston, 152, 177, 

— — Spanish Town, 102 

_ _ Trelawny, 306 
Cousins, H. H., 30 
Cousins Cove, 345 
Coventry, 270 
Coward, Eev. W. S., 385 
Cow Bay, 19, 253, 352, 375 
Cowgill and Co., 196 
Cowhides, 124 
Oowlairs, 221 
Cow Park, 341 
Cow Pen Estate, 124 
Coxeter, Eev. Thomas, 165 
Cracroft, Commodore Peter, xxii, 

Craigton, 100 

Crandfield, Mr., 22 

Craskell, 116 

Crawford Town, 258 

Crawl, The, 366 

Crewe, Richard, 390 

Cripps, 387 

Crocket, Captain, 136 

Cromwell, 200, 281 

Crooks, Christopher, 344 

" Cross " Church, 395 

Cross Path, 346, 367 

"Cruise of the Midge," 222, 302 

Cuba, 270 

Oubina, 356 

Cudjoe, 320, 325 

Cudjoe Town, 329 

Cudjoe's tree, 326 

Culloden, 371 

Cumine, Rev. Alexander, 94 

Cunningham, Henry, xiv 

— Eev. James, 94 
Cushnie, Thomas, 211 
Custos of Clarendon, 173 

— of Kingston, 170, 174, 177 

Custos of Port Royal, 48 

— of St. Catherine, 127 

— of St. James, 175 

— of Trelawny, 306 
Cuthbert, George, xiv, xv, 217, 249 
Cutlers' Company, 209 
Cyrmble, Murray, 172 

Daoees, Vice-Admiral James 

Richard, xxii, 76, 211 
Dakins, Henry, 200 
Dale, Stephen, 203 
Dallas, 33 

— Alexander, 106 

— Robert Charles, 206, 338 

— Samuel Jackson, xvii, 45 
Dallas Castle, 234 

DaUing, Colonel John, xiv, 70, 71, 

— William, 206 
Dalrymple, Captain, 71 
Dancer, Dr. Thomas, 25, 27, 72, 

Darien refugees, 371 
Darley, Major John Sankey, 146 
Darling, Captain Charles, xiv, 

Darling street, 155 
Darlingford, 258 
Darwin, 349 
Date Tree Hall, 182 
Dauney, Eev. Francis, 322 
Davers, Vice-Admiral Thomas, 

xxi, 205 
Davidson, John, 196 
Davis, Archdeacon C. H., 348 

— Commodore Edward H. M., 


— N. Darnell, 149 
Dawkins, 33, 382 

— Eleanor Angelina, 383 

— Henry, 396 

— James, 396 

— William, 383, 395 
Dawn, Eev. James, 348 
De Booy, T., 268 
Decoy, 127, 259, 262 

de Crespigny, Captain, 48 

Defence of Jamaica, 134 

De Grasse, 73 

Dehaney, David, 345 

De Horsey, Algernon F. E., xxii 



Do Horsay, A. M., xxii 
De la Beohe, Sir Henry, 396 
Delacree, Charles, 32 
De la Foy, Charles, xxiii 
Delancy, Mr. James, 178 
Delawnay, Colonel Joseph, 71 
De Leon, Dr. Solomon, 180 
de Liva, Don Prancis, 283 
de Mercado, Mrs. C. E., 363 
Dennys, N. B., 162 

— William, 21 

Dent, Captain Digby, xxi 

Dereham, Sir Richard, xix 

Despard, Colonel, 72 

Despouohes, Maria, 206 

Diablo, Monte, 10 

Dick, McCall and Co., 196 

Dickenson, Caleb, 369 

Dickenson's Run, 371 

Dickson, Rev. John, 347 

Dissenters, 161 

Divorce Act, 174 

Dixon Pen, 302 

Dodd, Robert, 74 

Dogs, 326 

Doherty, Sir Richard, 181 

Dolphin, 82, 288 

Donaldson, Alexander, 242, 307 

— WiUiam, 237 

— Forbes, Grant and Stewarts, 


— and Heron, 196 

Don Christopher's Cove, 267, 272 

Doolittle, Thomas, 54 

Dorset, Duke of, 363 

Douet, Rev. Charles F., A.M., 94, 

95, 385 
Douglas, 211 

— and Co., 6., 196 

— Peter John, xxii 

— Commodore Sir James, xxi 

— Rear-Admiral John Erskine, 

xxii, 229 
Dousabel plantation, 240 
Dove Hall, 310 
Dove, John, 142 
Dmer, 332 

Dowding, H. W., xxiii 
Downer, Archdeacon G. W., 163, 

164, 165 

— Jno., 380 
Downes, Ann, 243 

Doyley, Edward, xiii, xv, 16, 87, 
89, 132, 236, 239, 259, 281, 284, 
287, 288 

Drax, Charles, 303 

Drax Hall, 267, 304 

Drax's Free School, 304 

Drinking-trough, 229 

Drummond, 368 

Dry Harbour, 43, 270, 272, 302, 

Dryland, 266 

Dry Mountains, 43 

— River, 43, 258, 378, 380 
Dryworks, 367 

Du Casse, 60, 213, 214, 374, 377 
Ducke, Edmund, xix 
Duckett's Spring, 339, 340 
Duckworth, 76 
• — Vice-Admiral Sir John 

Thomas, xxii, 140, 211, 212 
Duerden, Dr., 269, 350 
Duff, Rev. David, 322 
Duke street, 181, 196 
Dunbar, 329 

Dunoomb and Pownal, 196 
Dunlop, Hugh, xxii 
Dunn, Captain, 384 
Duperly, A., 177, 193, 302 
Dupont, Father, 195 
Duquesne, Marquis, 64, 71 
Durham Regiment, 335 
Dwarris, 33 

— Dr. Fortunatus, 168 

— Sir F. W. L., 168 

Eado, El, 6 
Eagle House, 108 
Earlom, 363 
Earlston, 342 

Earthquake of a.b. 1907, 144, 146, 

— Port Royal, 42, 52, 53, 135. 

East, 33 

— Sir Edward Hyde, 171, 223 

— Hinton, 25, 228 

— Captain Hinton, 223 
Ecoles, Rev. George, 207 
Ecclesiastical Commissioners, 23 
Edinburgh Castle, 296 
Edwardes, John Pusey, 390 

I — Emma, 390 



Edwards, 331 

— Alphonse Milne, 312 

— Bryan, 5, 26, 34, 38, 97, 123, 

184, 205, 210, 308, 313, 336, 
338, 346 

— Sir Bryan, xix, 310, 312 

— Eliza, 310 

— Henri Milne, 312 

— J. P., 103 

— Martha, 311 

— Nathaniel Bayly, 310 

— Nathaniel McHume, 311 

— WiUiam, 312 

— Dr. William Fr6d6ric, 312 

— Zachary Bayly, 310 

— Zachary Hume, 310 
Edward's Clock Tower, King, 

Education, 31 

Effingham, Thomas Earl of, xiv, 
98, 367 

— Countess of, 98 

Elgin, James Earl of, xiv, 100 

— Lady, 100 
Elgin street, 155 
EUetson, 206 

— Roger Hope, xvi, xviii, 32, 45, 

Elletson road, 154 
Elliott, Captain, 374 
Ellis, 33, 345 

— Charles Bose, 266 

— George, xviii, 266 

— Jane, 247 

— John, 266 

— Rev. J. B., 24 

— Lieutenant and Adjutant, 


— Lieut. -Col. Augustus Frede- 

rick, 205 

— Sir Adam Gibb, xix 
EUis street, 123 
Emancipation, 188, 195, 232 
Emigrant, first, 319 
Escobar, 277 

Escondido Puerto, 10 

Espeut, Peter Alexander, 170 

Esquivel, Juan d', 291, 348 

Essex, H.M.S., 80 

Evans, John, 240 

Eve, 318 

Exhibition, Jamaica, 79 

Experiment, 321 

Eyre, Edward John, xiv, 18, 177, 

Eairclotjgh and Barnes, 196 

Fairfax, Virginia, 170 

Fairfield, 324 

Fair Hill, 206 

Falconer, William, 175 

Falmouth, 306 

" Fahnouth Post," 58 

Fanning, Henry, 323 

Farm School, 30 

Parmer, Jasper, 217 

Farquhar, Commodore Arthur, 

Fat Hog Quarter Estate, 347 
Favell, John, 390, 391 
Fawcett, George, 391 

— Magdalen, 381 

— WiUiam, 2, 390 

Fearon, Rev. G. C. R., 385, 396 

— Thomas, xvii, xviii 
Fergusson, Sir James, 205 
Ferror, Ensign, 287 
Ferry Inn, 138 

— River, 139 

— road, 140 
Feurtado, 217 

Fidler, Rev. Daniel, 348 
Field, 229 

Fiesco, Bartolomd, 275 
Figurehead of Aboukir, 71 

— of Argent, 71 

— of Imaum, 71 

— of Megaera, 71 
Finlayson, D., xvii 
Pish, 273 

Fisher, Commodore P. W., xxiii, 80 

Fish-hooks, 273 

Fitch, Colonel, 328 

FitzGerald, Edward, 71 

Flags of W.I. Regiment, 205 

Flaxman, 191, 343 

Fleeming, Vice-Admiral the Hon. 

C. E., xxii, 211 
Fleet Prison, 363, 365, 367 
Fletcher's Town, 197 
Flora Ria, JO 
Flyer, Christian, 381 
Foord, Gilbert, xix 
Foote, Rev. Alexander, 385 



Forbes, William, 2i8 

Ford, Rear-Admiral John, xxi 

Forest Pen, 339 

Formidable, 73, 311 

Forrest, Commodore Arthur, xxi 

Forsett, George, 381 

Fortaleza Punta, 10 

Forts, 50, 302 

Fort Augusta, 64, 145, 181, 214 

— Carlisle, 47 

— Castile, 213 

~ Charles, 48, 64, 68, 374 

— Clarence, 50 

— Columbus, 272 

— Dundas, 317 

— George, 254, 266 

— Haldane, 266 

— James, 47 

— Nugent, 216 

— Rupert, 47 

— William, 364, 366, 375 
Fort House, 109 
Fortesoue, Hon. J. W., 338 
Foster, 165 
Foudroyant, 72 

Four Paths, 379 
Fowie, Dr. William, 323 
Fox, C. J., 338 

— Mordecai, 185 
Foxley, Samuel, 149 
Fraser, Hugone, 347 
Freeman, Anne, 249 

— Charles, 249 

— Howard, 249 

— John, 249 

— Marmaduke, 45, 247 

— Richard, 249 

— Robert, xvi, 15 

— Thomas, 124, 249 
Freemasons, Sussex Lodge of, 170 
Free Town road, 394 

French, Thomas, xvii, xviii 
French cruisers, 111 
Friendship, 270, 355 
Froude, 223 
Fruit trade, 258 
Fuller, 124 

— Catherine, 130 

— Francis, 181 

— • Stephen, xxiii, 119 

— Colonel Thomas, 130, 131 

— Tom, 359 

Fuller's Pen, 130 
FuUerton, William, 366 

Gage, Thomas, 21, 348 
Galdy, Lewis, 52, 135, 138 
Gale, 33 
Gales, 379 

— Elizabeth, 387, 388 

— Hon. John, 381, 388 

— Jonathan, 382, 388 

— Nathaniel, 382 

— Sarah, 388 

— William, 383 
Gale, 383 
Gales, 379 
Gallina Punta, 10 
Gallows Point, 51 
Galpine, Rev. Calvin, 94 
Gamble, Maj.-Gen., xv 
Gambler, Vice-Admiral James, xxi 
Garbrand, 33 

— Rev. Thomas, 144 
Garden House, 228 
Gardner, Commodore Alan, xxi 

— Rev. W. J., 36, 195, 210 
Garrett, John, 389 

— Mary Agatha, 389 

— Rev. Thomas, 385, 389 

— Sarah, 389 
Garrison Hill, 335 
Gascoigne, Captain John, 61 
Gaulton, Zacharia, 32 
Gayleard, James, xvi, 107 
Gayton, Vice-Admiral Clarke, xxi, 

Geddes, 302 
Genip, 26 
" Gentleman's Magazine," 53, 311, 

Geology, 336 
George, Claude, 339 
George III, portrait of, 209 
German immigrants, 342 
Gibb, Robert Charles, 390 
Gibbon, Elizabeth, 204 
Gibbons, Mrs. Deborah, 390 

— William, 381, 390 
Gilbert, Sir John, 220 
Gillespie, Maj.-Gen. Robert R., 331 
Ginger, 26 

Glover, 366 
Goat Island, 146 



Goddard, Miss, 383 
Golden Grove, 252, 318 

— Vale road, 255 
Gomm, Sir W. M., 181 
Good Air, 177 

Goodsonn, Admiral William, xx, 

21, 238, 239 
Gordon, A. W., 307 

— George William, 229, 245 

— Susanna, 169 

— Thomas, xix 

Gordon Town, 169, 197, 228, 233 
Gosse, Philip Henry, 78, 350 
Goverimient Laboratory, 30 

— Pen, 146 

Gracedieu, Sir Bartholomew, xxiii, 

Graham, James, 368 

— Eobert, 261 
Grand Cayman, 172 
Grant, Sir Alexander, 226 

— John, xviii 

— Sir John Peter, xv, 43, 186, 

Grantham, 287 
Grants of land, 254 
Granville Town, 333 
Grass, guinea, 26 

— Scotch, 26 

Graydon, Vice-Admiral John, xx 

Gray's Charity, 266 

Gray's Inn, 259 

Greathead, Balph, 166 

Great Biver, 43, 346 

Green, Commander, 192 

— Hemy, 185 
Green Bay, 135 

— Island, 43, 344 

— Park, 302 
Greenwich, 198, 207, 355 

— Park, 210 
Gregory, 33 

— John, xiv, XV, xviii, 383 

— Matthew, xvi, 358 

Grey, Sir Charles, xiv, 107, 177 

— Sir William, xv 
Grier Park, 297 

Griffiths, Rev. Samuel, 94, 385 
Grignon, Rev. J., 322 
Grijalva, 319 
Griswold, Mr., 339 
" Grog," 65 

Grove Hill House, 341 

— Pen, 340 
Guada Booca, 10, 11 
Guaf, 26 

Guanaboa, 6, 123 
Guanaha, 124 
Guanahani, 270 
Guango, 26 
Guantanamo, 270 
Guatabaco, 6 
Guavas, 271 
Guernsey, 55 

Guinea grass, importation of, 266 
Gun Hill, 335 
Guns, 292 
Gurge, Hugh, 381 
Guthrie, Edward, 326 

— John, 367 
Gutturs, The, 38 

Guy, John Hudson, xviii 

— Richard, 126, 127, 319 

— Samuel, 200 
Guy's Hill, 303 

Hagley G^p, 233 

HakewiU. James, 91, 160, 178, 259, 

292, 307, 322, 363 
Halberstadt, 3 

Haldane, General George, xiv, 266 
Halfway Tree, 158, 197 

— — Church, 201 
Halifax, 328 
Halifax, 332 

Hall, Rev. Charles, 131, 396 

— Jasper, xvii, 

— William, 142, 158, 172 
Hallowes, Major-General, xv 
Halse, Major Thomas, 396 
Halse Hall, 396 

Halstead, Sir Lawrence William, 

Hamaca, 289 

Hamilton, Lord Archibald, xiii, 
116, 361 

— Captain, 71 

— Sir Charles, 78 

— Dr., 164 

— J. C, 332 

— Mr., 223 

— Robert, 171 

— Sir William, 367 

— Rev. William Vaughan, 94 



Hammond, John, 237 
Hampstead, 371 
Hampton School, 370 
Hand, Henry, xxiii 
Handasyd, Sir Thomas, xiii, 18 
Hane, Joachim, 31 
Hanford, Rev., 348 
Hannaford, Anna Maria, 389 

— George Willett, 389 

— Stephen, 389 
Hannah's Town, 197 
Hanover, 19, 319 

— street, 155, 179 
Hanson, Francis, 51 
Harbour Head, 66, 213 
Harding, Thomas, 318 
Hardwar Gap, 234 
Hardwar, John, 234 
Hardwicke, Rev. Thomas, 384, 385 
Hardy, Pennock and Brittan, 196 
Harewood, Baron, 144 
Harmony Hall, 179, 368, 397 
Harriot's, I., 196 

Harris, Thomas, 242 

— Thomas Stokes, 242 
Harrison, Edward, 32, 205 

— Colonel Robert Munroe, 170 

— Thomas, xviii, xix, 58 
Harvey, James, 386 

— Marie Sophie, 386 
Haskins, Edward, xix 
Hatfield House, 209 

— Pen, 366 
Hato, 236 
Haughton, 33 

— Anne, 343 

— Colonel Richard, 344 

— Jonathan, 344 

— Philip, 343, 344 

— Samuel William, xvii 

— Simon, 343 

— Sir Simon Peter, 343 
Haughton Court, 344 

— — • Mountain, 344 
Haughton Hall, 345 
Havelock, 181 
Hawks' bells, 270, 273 
Hay, Charlotte, 362 

— Elizabeth, 362 

— James, xviii 

— Miss 6., 366 
Haywood, Peter, xviii 

Head-quarters House, 155, 175, 

179, 265 
Heathcote, Josiah, 158 

— Sir Gilbert, xxiii 
Hector, 287 

Hemming, Sir Augustus AV. L., xv 
Hemmings, Captain, 279 
Henckell, John, xix 
Henderson, Alexander, xix 

— Colonel John, 146 

— Thomas, xxii 

— William H., xxiii 
Hendrick, Canon S. P., 94 
Henley, Lord, 231 
Herbert, James, 235 

— Vere, 373 
Hercules, 75 
Heme, PrichaiH, 48 
Herring, Bathshua, 360 

— Colonel Julines, 360 
Hertford Pen, 366 
Heslop, Alexander, xx 
Hethcott, Josiah, 149 
Hetley's inn. Miss, 38 
Heywood, Peter, xiii, xviii, 55, 247 
Heywood Hall, 266 

— street, 154 
Hibanal, 8 
Hibbert, George, xxiii 

— Mary, 265 

— Robert, 206, 265 

— Thomas, xvii, 179, 265 
Hibbert House, 175 

— street, 155 

— Trust, 180 
HickeringiU, 288 
Hickman, Thomas, 236 
Higgins, Dr. Bryan, 219 
Highgate, 191 

High Holborn street, 179 
Higson, Thomas, 29, 170, 175 
Hill, Colonel, 170 

— Richard, 78, 197, 202, 265, 351 

— Robert T., 61 

— Thomas, xix 
Hillside, 393 
Hinchinhrooh, 69, 72 
Hinkston, Wm., 380 
Hispaniola, 237, 270, 274, 276, 288 
History Gallery, Jamaica, 177, 341 
"History of the British West 

Indies," 307 



Hocking, Sir H. H., xx 

Hodges, John, 306 

Hoja Rio, 10 

Holdsworth, Michael, 141 

Holland Bay, 241 

Holland, Lord, 355 

Holmes, Rear-Admiral Charles, 

xxi, 205 
Home, William, 204 
Hood, 75 
Hope, 235 

— Anne, 206 
Hope Estate, 218, 229 

— midden, 233 

— Tavern, 228 
Hopewell, 303, 344 

Hopson, Vice-Admiral Edward, xxi 

Hordley, 251, 355, 356 

Horner, Christopher, 380 

Horse-guards, 330 

Horses, 293 

Hosier, Vice-Admiral Francis, xxi, 

Hotchkyn, Robert, xix 
Hotel, Wellington, 38 
Hounds, 320, 329 
Hounslow, 371 
Houses, Indian, 2 
House of Assembly. See Assembly 
Howard, Major, 71 

— de Walden, Baron, 266 
Howe, Thomas, xix 
Howell, 235 

Howser, Rev. Henry, 21, 94 
Huareo, 274 
Hubbard, Mr., 377 
Hughes, Rev. Edward F., 385 

— Rev. Hugh Price, 396 
Humberstone, 170 

— Rev. Francis, 170, 176 
Hume, Benjamin, 309 
Humphries, Rev., 385 
Hunt, William Augustus, 170 
Hunt's Bay, 233 

Hunter, Major-General Robert, xiv 
Hurricane, 144, 346, 365 

— of Port Royal, 62 
Husband, Rev. C. T., 385, 391 
Hutchinson, Lewis, 296 
Hutchinson's Hole, 301 
Hutton, Dr., 296, 299 

— Mary, 297 

Hutton, Mrs., 297 
Hutton Bonvil, 296 
Huxley, 349 
Hyde, Ann, 290 
Hyde Hall Estate, 318 
Hyne, Thomas, 196 

Images, Indiak, 3 
Imperial Loan, 154 
im Thurn, Sir Everard, 2 
Inohiquin,Earlof,xiii, 17, 92, 108, 
110, 111 

— Lady, 110, 113 
Indian Head, 368 

— remains, 3 

— To*n, 318 
Industrial School, 209 
Inglis, Rev. Alexander, 207 
Inhabitants, 1 

Innes, Rear-Admiral Alexander, 

Innians, Mr., 40 
Institute of Jamaica, 37, 182 
Iredell, Thomas, xv 
Isaacs, Rev. H. H., 203, 208 
Isabella, 270 
Island records, 240 
Isle de France, 230 
Ivy, 382 

Jackson, Captain William, 46, 81 

— Charles Hamilton, xviii 

— T. S., xxiii 

— Thomas Witter, xix 
— • William, xix 

Jackson's Bay, 397 
Jacques, John, 103 
Jamaica Almanac, 223, 227, 242, 
365, 366 

— Bay, 44 

— Churchman, 178 

— Coffee-house, 44 

— CoUege, 229, 303 

— Courant, 39 

— Exhibition, 186, 218 

— fleet, 52 

— Free School, 36 

— High School, 37, 229, 303 

— History Gallery, 189 
■ — Long Island, 44 

"Jamaica Magazine," 160, 295- 
Jamaica naval station, 209 



Jamaica, Plain, 44 

— Schools Commission, 37, 257,- 


— Spa, 233 

— street, 44 
Jaques, John, 170 

— Laing and Ewing's, 196 
James, Hugo, xx 

— John, 142 

— Mary, 175 

— William Rhodes, 318 
Jarisse Punta, 10, 11 
Jarrett, Mrs., 318 
Jasper Hall, 179 
Jasper, Mrs., 228 
Javareen, 10, 11 
Jefferson, Rev. Joseph, 385 
Jekyll, 233 

Jenkins, Rev. Henry, 322 

— Robert, 64 
Jenks, Samuel, 319 
Jenner, James, 380 
Jennings, Sir John, xx 
Jerusalem thorn, 26 
Jewish Burial-Ground, 233 

— Cemetery, 195 

— tombs, 371 
Joanes, Arabella, 199 
John Canoe, 70, 355 
Johnny, 326 
John's lane, 196 
Johnson River, 249 
Johnson, Sarah, 206 
Johnstone, Rev. ITrancis, 385 
Jones and Willis, 323 

Jordan, Edward, xviii, 170, 177, 

Juan de Bolas, 325, 397 
Judah, G. E., 107, 212, 217, 306 
Judy James's, 38 
Justice, Colonel William Clive, xv 
Justices of Peace, 48 
JuxoD, William, 183 

KiYE, Sir John William, 189 
Keane, Major-General Sir John, 

xiv, 181, 306 
Keith Hall, 146 
Keith, Sir BasU, xiv, 92, 146 
Kellet, Henry, xxii 

— Moses, 397 
Kellets, 397 

Kelly, 124 

— Dennis, xviii 

— Edmund, xvii, xix 

— Rev. John, 323 

— Rosa, 323, 341 
Kemp's Hill, 397 
Kempshot, 342 

Kent, Prince Edward Duke of, 332 
Kenyon, John, 318 
Keppel, Admiral, xxi, 46, 210 
Kerr, Commodore WiUiam, xx 

— Mrs. Sarah Newton, 323 
Kettering, 318 

Kew, 345 

— Gardens, 98 

— Park, 368 

Kidd, John Bartholomew, 364 
King, Dr. William, 114 
Kinghorne, George, 170 
King's House, 101, 112, 115, 198, 

King street, 191, 196 
Kingston, 20, 213, 224 

— Church, 156, 159, 161, 164 

— City seal, 152 

— fire, 152-54 

— Gardens, 173 

— Pen, 217 

— plan of, 150, 159 
Kinkhead and SprouU, 196 
Kirby, John, xix 
Kitchen-middens, 233, 267 
Knibb, William, 306, 318 
Knight, Andrew, 381, 382, 391 

— Charles, 55 

— Colonel, 71 

— James, 4, 159, 207 

— Ralph, xxiii 

— Dr. Samuel, 156 
Knives, 273 
Knockpatrick, 38 
Knole, 209 

Knowies, Admiral Charles, xiv, 

xxi, 71, 101, 175, 214 
Koromantyn slaves, 266 

Labat, PfiBB, 377 
Laboratory, 146 
Labour-in-vain Savannah, 43 
Lacovia, 10, 38, 353, 370, 371 
Lady Juliana, 74 
Laidlaw, Henry, 257 



Laing, Malcolm, 168 
Lambe, Eev. Charles, 165 
Lambert, Major-General, 205 

— Sir John and Lady, 388 

— Samuel, 181 
Lander, Rev., 380, 385 
Lang, Malcolm, 261 
Langley, Andrew, xvi, 382 

— Elizabeth, 114 
Lard, 319 

Las Casas, 1 
Lascelles, Daniel, 144 
Las Tortugas, 272 
Lawes, Frances, 201 

— James, 168, 203, 390 

— Sir Nicholas, xiii,xviii, 25,32, 
\ 55, 156, 205, 206, 213, 235, 
\ 247, 382, 390 

Lawfbrd, Exelbee, 71 
Lawrence, 33, 170 

— Benjamin, 342 

— Henry, 174 

— James, 174, 180 

— John, 339 

— Mary, 339 

— W. P., 324 
Lawrence-Archer, Captain, 12, 24, 

127, 170, 172, 183, 370, 380, 383, 

387, 391, 392 
Lawrencefield, 146 
Laws of Jamaica, 51, 376 
Laws street, 154, 201 
Leacock, Rev. William, 131 
Lebanon Pen, 296 
Lecount, Gideon, 235 

— Judith, 235 
Ledesma, 275, 278 
Ledwich, G., 384 

— Mr. and Mrs., 384 

— Rev. Edward, 385 
Legislative Council, 17 
" Leisure Hour," 220 
Leith, Sir Alexander, 170 
Lemmings, Rev., 22, 31, 125 
Lerpiniere, David, 363 
Leslie, Charles, 13, 33, 349, 378 
Lestock, Commodore Richard, xxi 
Lewis, 33 

— James, xvii, 103 
■ — Jane, 358 

— John, XV, xix, 103, 353, 368 

— Mary, 368 

Lewis, Matthew Gregory, 76, 162, 
251, 353, 367 

— William, 358, 367, 389 
Lezama, 6 

Liberty Hall, 267 
Liddle and Rermie's, 196 
Light Dragoons, 330-32 
Liguanea, 10, 147, 150, 197 
Lilly, Colonel Christian, 48, 60, 69, 
71, 150, 155, 193 

— Cornelius, 166 
Lime Hall, 269 

Lime Savannah Chapel, 395 

Lind, 215 

Lindo, Abraham A., 217 

■ — Alexandre, 217 

— • and Brothers, 196 
Lindsay, Rev. John, 94, 95, 385 
Lipscomb, Christopher, 205 
Lismore House, 391 
Littleton, Commodore James, xx 
Livingston, Ann, 392 

— Mr., 201 

— Philip, 206 
Llandovery Falls, 303 
Lloyd, Admiral, 46 

— Colonel Richard, xviii, 377, 


— Rodney M., xxiii 

— Dr. WiUiam, 250, 252 
Lobley, James, 237 
Locker, Captain, 69, 72 
Locust tree, 26 
Logwood, 25 

London, Bishop of, 22 
Long, Beeston, 74 

— Catherine, 174, 233 

— Charles, 200 

— Edward, xvii, 5, 8, 13, 53, 69, 

74, 145, 200, 214, 239, 
248, 256, 263, 280, 284, 289, 
319, 326, 338, 346, 360, 371, 
378, 379 

— Samuel, xvi, xviii, 45, 92, 200, 

Long Mountain, 224 

— — midden, 233 
Longville, 200, 397 
Lookmore, John, 31 
Lookout River, 267 
Lord Elgin street, 155 

Lords of Trade and Plantations, 16 



Lorrain, Claude, 363 

Los Augelos, 9 

Lowder, Ann, 149 

Low Layton, 258 

Luana Estate, 340 

Luoie-Smith, Sir John, xix 

Luidas, 11 

Luke lane, 196 

Lumb, Sir Charles Frederick, 229 

Lumbard, Mary Elizabeth, 173 

Lundie's Pen, 208 

Lurcher, 293 

Lushington, Stephen, 232 

Lycence, Nicholas, 250 

Lynch, 16 

— Sir Thomas, xiii, xv, xviii,23, 

48, 125, 198, 236, 373, 381 

— Eev. Wm. Henry, 396 
Lynch's Island, 255 

Lyon, Edmund Pusey, xxiii 
Lyons, Algernon McLennan, xxii 
Lyssons, 250 
Lyssons, Sara, 31 
Lyttelton, 15, 47 

— SirCharles, xiii, xxiii, 21, 109, 

183, 204, 236 

— Mary, 247 

— William Henry, xiv, 233, 385 

McAlves, Rev., 131 

Macari Bahia, 10 

Macary Bay, 1 1 

M'Bean and Bagnold, 196 

McCalla, Kev. W. C, 131 

M'Clintock, Sir Francis Leopold, 

xxii, 46 
MoCornock, Thomas, 252 
Macoragh, Redman, 197 
Maodonald, Flora, 74 
Maodougall, William Church, 107 
Mace, Jamaica, 52, 53, 108, 184 
Macfadyen, James, 29, 175 
Maofarquhar, Dr. George, 323 
McGfeachy, 43 
McGilchrist, Daniel, 387 
Molntyre, Rev. John, 322, 348 
Mackglashan, Dr. Charles, 205 
Macky, Jane, 166 
Maopherson, Rev. R. J., 396 
McQueen, Daniel, 242 
McQuhae, Commodore, 205 
Magatee, 125 

Maggotty, 293, 371 
Mahoe, 334 
Mahogany, 334 

— River, 12 

Mahony, Dorothy Morgan, 166 
Maima, 276, 277 
Maitland, 217 
Malmesbury, Earl of, 209 
Mammee Bay, 276, 302 

— River, 215 

— (tree), 279 

Man, Serjeant-Major John, 40, 71 

Manatees, 129 

Manchester, Duke of, xiv, 57, 340, 

Manchester .square, 155 

— street, 123 
Manchioneal, 19, 258 
Mandeville, 340, 372 
Mango, 25 
Manley, John, xvii 
Mann, 170 

— Rev. Isaac, 94, 103, 162, 165, 

176, 385 

— J. R., 58 

— Major-Qeneral, xv 
Manning, Edward, xvii, 167, 170, 

173, 234, 360 

— Pusey, 386 

— Sir William H., xv 
Manning's Hill, 234 
Manson, Mrs., 189 
Manteca, 319 
Mantica Bahia, 11 

Map, Craskell and Simpson's, 13 

Maps of Jamaica, 3, 147, 237, 349 

Marescaux, Mrs., 223 

Maresoaux road, 155 

Mari bona, 10 

Markham, Lieut. -Colonel Charles, 

Mark lane, 196 
Markly, Rev. Thomas, 385 
Marmaduke, 240 
Maroon Hill, 333 

— Town, 334 

— Treaty, 329 

— War, 181, 293, 327, 338 
Maroons, 132, 258, 324, 332 
Marriage Registers, 24, 93, 126, 

Marsden, Peter, 14 



Marsh, F., xxiii 
Marshall, Captain, 25 
Marston, Dr. John, 228 

— Jane, 218 

— Miss, 220 
Marston, Moor, 288 
Marter, Dr., 26 

Martial Law, 216, 245, 321, 327, 

Martin, 83, 287 
Martha Brea, 11, 306, 346 
Mary, 333 
Maryland, 171, 223 
Mason, James, 363 

— Professor, 269 

— Rev., 137 
Masonry, 8 

Massachusetts, troops from, 60 
Mathan, Montgomery, 71 
Matilda Comer, 229 
Matthew's lane, 196 
Maurin, A., 177 
Mausoleum, 353, 368 
Maxwell, George, 144 

— Mr., 22 

May, Rose Herring, 173 

— Rev. William, 165, 169, 170, 

May Pen, 393 

— — Cemetery, 233 
Mayfield, 318 

Mayhew, Rev. William, M.A., 207, 

Mayor of Kingston, 177 
Meers, Captain, 287 
Melbourne lane, 123 
Melilla, 8, 274, 306, 319, 348 
Mellii^g, Francis, xvii 
Mendez, 273, 276 
Mendiza, Francisco de, 26 
Messiah, Rev. J., 322 
Messiter, G., 163 
Metcalfe, Sir Charles, xiv, 190 

— papers of, 192 

— portrait of, 189, 306 

— statue of, 121, 186 
Metcalfe, parish of, 259 

— Ville, 303 
Micault, 236 

Mico CoUege, 182, 229 
Mico, John, 230 

— Lady, 230 

Mico, Sir Samuel, 230 
Military Tombs, 146 
Milk River, 43 

— — Baths, 397 
Mill, John Stuart, 246 

• — Richard, xviii 
Miller, R. G., 195 
Mills, John, 32 
Mimosa, 25 
Mining operations, 30 
Ministers, 21 
Minot, 103 
Minto, 318 
Miranda Hill, 342 
Mitchell, Colonel William, xviii, xx 

— Captain Cornelius, xxi 

— Hector, 170, 177 

— Robert Edward, 390 
Moat House, 110 
Modd, 124 

— George, xvii, 127 
Modyford, Elizabeth Lady, 369 

— Sir James, xxiii, 71, 319 

— Mary, 259 

— Sir Thomas, xiii, xviii, 21, 25, 

40, 47, 124, 198, 200, 235, 
236, 240, 290, 319 
Modyford's Gully, 258 

— Survey, 240 

— " View," 290 
Molesworth, Colonel Hender, xiii, 

XV, 71, 115 
Mona Estate, 206 
Mondego River, 319 
Moneague, 19, 270, 297 

— Hotel, 302 

Moneque or Monesca Savannah, 10 
Monk, William, xix 
Montagu, Lord Charles, 226 
Montague, James, 327 
— ■ Rear-Admiral Robert, xxii 
Montague, 310 
Monte Diablo, 371 
Montego, Francisco de, 319 
Montego Bay, 11, 319, 320, 327 

— — Barracks, 320 

— — Church, 320 

— — Fire, 321 

— — Harbour, 320 
Montpellier, 345 
Monument to a slave, 318 
Monumental Brasses, 164 



Monuments, 92, 126, 127, 131, 167, 
186, 195, 203, 233, 306, 323, 381, 

Monymusk, 389 

Moodie, Rev. John, 207 

Moone, John, 141 

Moore, Daniel, 217 

— Elizabeth, 174 

— Henry, xiv, 174, 233, 258 

— John, 381, 396 
Moore Town, 258, 327 
Morales, Charles McLarty, xviii 
Morant, 15, 33, 382 

— Edward, 382 

— Eleanor Angelina, 387 

— Elizabeth, 383 

— John, 173, 382, 387 

— Mary, 388 

— Samuel, 387 

— William, 387 
Morant Bay, 19, 244 

— — rebeUion, 18, 182, 244 

— Cays, 12 
Morante, 6, 236 
Morants, 381 
Moroe, John, 234 
Morce's Gap, 234 
Moreland Estate, 389 
Moreton, Emanuel, 142 
Morgan, Charles, 71 

— Edward, xiii, 93 

— Francis, 339 

— Sir Henry, xiii, xx, 31, 46, 48, 

52, 113, 146,216,360. 395 

— Rev. AVilliam, 165, 385 
Morgan's Valley, 395 

" Morning Journal," 201 
Morris, Sir Daniel, 30 

— Rev. David R., 322 

— Lieutenant Edward, 124 

— Mowbray, 222 

— Philip A., 57 
Morrish, Captain, 205 
Morrison, Lieut.-General Edward, 

xiv, 103, 181 
Moseley Hall Cave, 303 
Mosquito Point, 145, 214 

— Wood, 334 
Mount Bay Port, 246 

— Diablo, 11 

— Salus, 72 

— Zion, 370 

Mountain River, 146, 397 
Muirhead, Rev. C. P., 396 
Muirton, 258 
Mulberry Garden, 88 

— tree, 25 

Mulgrave, Constantine Earl of, xiv 
Multi-bezon Rio, 10, 11 
Munro, Hugh, 344 

— Robert Hugh, 369 

— and Dickenson's Trust, 369 
Murchison, A., M.D., 397 
Murphy, Jeremiah D., 59 
Murray, Hon. George, 347, 367 

— Rev. W. C, 305 
Musgrave, Sir Anthony, xv, 205 

— Simon, xix 
Musgrave Avenue, 155 
Museum, 269 
Musqueto Point, 145 

Musson, Rev. Samuel, D.D., 94, 95 
Myngs, Vioe-Admiral Christopher, 
XX, 46, 52 

Name of Jamaica, 3 
Names, Spanish, 9 

— typical, 44 
Narcissa, 66 
Naseberries, 271 
Natives, 1 

Naturalist's Sojourn, 349 
Naval Watering Place, 213 
Neave, Richard, 74 
Nedham, 33, 144, 382 

— George, xvi, 234, 259 

— William, ,xvii, xviii, 92, 175 
Negril Harbour, 367 

Negus, Rev. S., 385 

Neish, Dr. G. J., 247 

Nelson, Captain Horatio, xxi, 46, 

48, 67, 69, 70-72, 75, 209, 211, 

Nelson lane, 123 
Nelson's Quarter-deck, 70 
Nembhard, Elizabeth Jane, 206 
Nevell, 46 
Nevil, Mr., 16 
Newcastle, 189, 223, 233 
New-found River, 345 
Newton, Edward, xv 

— Captain, 71 
Nezerau, Mr. Elias, 163 
Nicholas, P. C, 336 



Nichols, 359 

Nicholson, Sir Charles, 209 

Nina, 46, 270 

Noell, Robert, xviii 

Norbrook, 233 

Norcot, Major-General Sir Amos, 

Norman range, 155 

— road, 155 
Norman, Sir Henry, xv 
■'North American Review," 338 
North street, 179 

Norwood, Richard, 82 
Nova Scotia, 333 

Nugent, Sir George, xiv, 181, 184, 
187 332 

— Lady,' 75, 118, 140, 184, 211, 

Nugent lane, 155 

— street, 123 
Nutmeg, 26 

Oak, 25 

O'Brien, James, 71, 111 
Observatory, Government, 342 
Occupation, Spanish, 46 
Occupations, Indian, 2 
Ocho Rios, 11, 267, 281, 302 
O'Connor, Luke Smythe, 181 
Odburn, Lieutenant, 333 
Oexmelin, 52 

Ogle, Sir Chaloner, xxi, 46, 65, 205 
Old Harbour, 20, 82, 129, 157, 189, 
299, 348, 374, 393 

— — Bay, 46, 394 

— Plantations Estate, 396 

— Pound road, 198 

— ■ Woman's Savannah, 32, 331 
Oleander, 25 
Oliver, 341 

— Mr., 12,311 
Olivier Park, 258 

— road, 221 

Olivier, Sir Sydney, xv, 221 
O'Mally, B. L., xx 
One-Eye, 331 
Onion, Grace, 199 
Orange, 26 

— Bay Estate, 344 

— street, 155, 196 

— Valley, 270, 291, 318 

— — Pen, 295 

Ord, James, 174 
Ordnance, 196 
O'Reilly, Dowell, xx 
Oristan, 8, 348, 349 
Ornamental Gardens, 193 
Ornaments, 129 
• — • Indian, 2 
Osbxjrn, Elizabeth, 388, 390 

— Kean, xvii, 388, 390 

— Samuel Alpress, 388, 390 
Osborne, George, 380 
Otto-Baijer, Rowland, 310 
Ouchterlony, Mr. A., 333 
Oughton, Thomas Bancroft, xix 
Ovanda, 277, 278 

Owen, 349 

— Commodore E. W. C. R., xxii 

Pagett, Rev. William, 395 
Painting, Arawak, 2 
Pakenham, Commodore John, xxi 
Palache, J., 293 
Palisadoes, 61, 67, 77, 213 
■ — Plantation, 30 
Palmer, 330 

— John, XV, 323, 341, 342, 360 

— John Rose, 323, 341 

— Rosa, 323 

— William, 369 
Pahnyra, 323, 341 
Panton, Edward, xvii 

— Archdeacon R., 207 
Pantrepant, 318 
Papine, 229 

Parade, Kingston, 374 

— Gardens, 193, 194 
Paradise Estate, 339 
Parishes, 40, 43 
Park, Mungo, 310 

Parker, Sir Hyde, xxii, 75, 141, 206, 
210, 235 

— Marie Antoinette, 206 

— Sir Peter, xxi, 46, 67, 70, 210 

— Lady, 72, 211 

— William, xxi, 138 
Parkinson, 330 
Parattee, 6 
Parnaby, John, 235 

Parry, Rear- Admiral W., xxi, 210 
Parsons, 367 

Passage Port, 81, 146, 198, 281 
Paten, 387 



Paterson,' Annie Mary, 323 341 
Pattison's Point, 256 
Pearce, John, 344 
Pearl, 287 
PecKcm street, 155 
Pedro, 297, 371 

— River, 300 
Peeke, John, xvi 

Peel, Captain, R.N., 228 
Peete, William, 142 
Penn, Sir William, xx, 46, 82, 84, 
200, 234, 237, 281, 288, 324, 397 
Pennant, Edward, xviii, 32, 395, 
383, 396 

— Elizabeth, 395, 396 

— Mary, 382 

— Smart, 169 

— Smart Mary; 173 
Penny, Edward, xix 

— - Robert, xix 
Penrhyn, Lord, 382 
Pepys, 359 
Pereda, 6 
Perexil Insula, 11 
Perkins, R. F., 301 
Perkman, James, 349 
Peter, 238 

Peter Martyr, 1, 2, 279, 280 
Peter's lane, 196 
Petgrave, Susanna, 174 
Petit Goave, 374 
Peyton, Sir John Strutt, xxii 
Philips, Colonel, 71 
Phillimore, Augustus, xxii 
Phillippo, Dr. J. C, xvi 
Phillips, Captain Samuel, 169 
Phipps, Martha, 319 
Phyllis, .356 
Pickering, Mr., 22, 236 
Pioton, Sir Thomas, 390 
Pimento, 25 

Pindar, Peter, 311, 390, 393 
Pinder, Christopher, 349 
Pine, Robert Edge, 73, 121, 311 
Pinnock, George, xv 

— Phillip, xvii 
Pirates, 231 

Plain of Liguanea, 216 
Plan of Kingston, 159 
Plantain Garden Valley, 241 
Plantations, 24 
Plate, 93 

Plowman, Ann, 163 
Plum-Tree Tavern, 227 
Plundering, 50 

Pocock, Sir George, xxi . . 

Point Estate, 345 

— Hill, 146 

— Negril, 271 

Pollen, Rev. Thomas, 347 
Pool, Rev. John, 165, 207, 347 

— Rev. Thomas, 396 
Poorhouse, 211 

Pope, Archdean E., 165 

— Rev. Edmund, 348, 385 
Popham, Rear-Admiral Sir Hojne 

Riggs. K.C.B.,xxi, 211 
Porteous, 218 
Porteous's Pen, 218 
Porras, 12, 278 

— Diego, 275 

— Francisco, 275 
Port Antonio, 20, 254 

— Henderson, 85, 146 
Portland, Henry Duke of, xiv, 116, 


— Duchess of, 101 
Portlock, Lieutenant, 27 
Port Maria, 259, 267, 271 

— Morant, 19, 239, 288, 375, 377 
Port Royal, 11, 13, 20, 45, 111, 158, 

197, 209, 213, 328, 360, 
374, 381 

— — earthquake, 13, 135, 136 

— — are, 13, 60, 151 

— — hurricane, 13, 66 

— — Mountains, 45 

— — Plan of, 57 
Porus, 12 

Postage stamps, 303 
Potenger, Miss, 295 
Pottery, Indian, 3 
Potsdam School, 370 
Poussin, Gaspard, 363 
Powell, Major J. W., 336 
Poynings's Law, 16 
Prattent, F. M., xxiii 
Pratter, Edward, 173 
Pratter Pond, 173 
Prenyard, Anne, 206 
Presbyterian Academy, 36 
Presbyterians, 161 
President of Council, 359 
Price, 33, 124, 175 




Price, Charles, xvii, 126, 127, 248 

— Colonel Charles, 264 

— Sir Charles, xvii, 259, 264 

— Charles, junr., xvii 

— Francis, 127, 264 

— George, 265 
Prickly pear, 26 
Princess street, 155, 196 
Pring, Commodore, 205 

— Daniel, xxii 
Printing-press, 39 
Priory, 302 
Privy Council, 186 
Prospeet, 266 
Providence, H.M.S., 26 
Public Gardens, 24 
Puerto Bueno, 271, 272 

— de Esquivella, 6 

— de las Vaoas, 129 

— Grande, 270 
Purvis, John C, xxii 
Pusey, Elizabeth, 390 

— John, 131, 389, 392 

— William, xvii, 382, 390 
Pusey Hall, 390, 392 

QiTAo, 327 
Quasheba, 166 
Quashie, 166 
Queen's College, 118 

— Garden, 272 

— House, 116 

— Town, 346 

Quarrell, Colonel W. D., 333 

Backham, 51 

Eadcliffe, Eev. John, 195 

Rainfall, 249 

Ramadge, James, 170 

Ramires de Arellan, Juan, 289 

Rampini, C, 379 

Ramsay, Colonel, 75 

Rats, 265 

Raves, B. A., 162 

Raymond, Colonel, 87 

Raymond Hall, 171, 223 

— Lodge, 222 
Raymonds Estate, 390 
Read, Captain, 166 

— Ennis, 388 

— Margaret, 388 

— . . . grett, 392 

Reading, Rev. Edward, 395 

— Francis, 395 
Rebecca, 64 

Rebellion in St. James, 181 

— at Morant Bay, 18, 182, 244 
Rebellious negroes, 174, 234 
Records, Island, 144 

Rectors of Kingston, 165 

— St. Andrew, 207 

— St. Catherine, 94 

— St. Dorothy, 131 

— St. James, 322 

— Vere, 385 

— Westmoreland, 347 
Redding, 386 
Redgrave, 364 

Red Hills, 43 
Red shingle wood, 334 
Reduction of parishes, 191 
Redwood, Philip, xvii, xix, 123 
Rees, Rev. Thomas, 165, 166 
Reid, Ebenezer, 170 

— James, 345 

— Captain Mayhe, 338 

— Rebecca, 318 

— Colonel Thomas, 318 

— William Livingston, 392 
Reinolds, Mr., 144 
Renton, Captain, 205 
Retirement, 336 

Retreat, 279 
Revolt of slaves, 321 
Reynolds, Sir Joshua, 209, 367 
Rhodes Hill, 345 
Richard and Sarah, 54 
Richards, George Cussans, 388 
Rickard, Rev. Francis, 322 
Ricketts, George Crawford, xix 
Riddel, D. McN., xxiii 
Rijues, Thomas, 237 
Riley"s Tavern, 217 
Rio Bonito, 9 

— Bueno, 307, 317 

— Cobra, 14, 85, 142 : 

— de Camarones, 10, IIJ 

— Grande, 258 

— Hoe, 302 

— Hoja, 302 

— Matibereon, 306 

— Minho, 376, 378, 397 

— Nuevo, 8, 259, 267, 284, 288, 



Ripley, Rev. R. J., 94, 165 

Rippingham, John, 35 

Rippon, Ralph, 387 

Rippon, 66 

Rives, Thomas, xvi 

Roads, 8 

Roaring River, 362, 364, 367 

— — Bridge, 302 
Rob, William, 11, 281 
Robarts, Philip, 380 
Robertson, C. L., 347 

— George, 364, 367 

— James, 43 

— W., 347 

— and Co., 196 
Robertson's Map, 43 
Robinson, Rev. B., 385 

— C. A., 164 

— Captain-Lieutenant, 287 

— Jane, 230 

— Miss, 296 

— Phil, 337 

— William, 230 
Robson, 36 

Roby, John, 24, 126, 236, 254, 259, 

291, 319 
Rock, The, 147 
Rook-oarvings, Indian, 3 
Rock Fort, 67, 212, 213, 374 
Rocky Fort, 213 

— Point, 50 

Rodney, Sir George, xxi, 26, 46, 
66, 67, 119, 181, 191, 207, 210, 
213, 299 

Rodney's Look-out, 67, 146 

RoUon, Admiral, 375 

Rosa, Salvator, 363 

Rosamond's Pond, 113 

Rose, 124 

— Ffulk, 114 

— Francis, xv, xvi 

— Lieut.-Colonel, 264 

— Rev. Urquhart Gillespie, 385 
Rose Hall, 265, 323, 341 
Roses, 25 

Ross, 342 

— Hercules, 72, 211 

— Horatio, 72 

— William, xix 
Boslyn Castle, 318 
Roubiliac, 168, 203 
Round Hill, 43, 345 

Rowe, Rev. George Wilkinson, 131 

— Sir Joshua, xix, 107 

— William, xvi 

Rowley, Bartholomew Samuel, 
xxii, 170, 176 

— Sir Charles, xxii 

— Joshua, xxi, 46, 176, 210 
Royal African Company, 213 

— Gazette, 39, 309 
Rue de Prince, 155 
Runaway Bay, 290, 293 
Running Gut, 342 

— Water, 220, 228 
Rusea, Martin, 343 
Rusea's School, 344 
Rushworth, Edward, xv 
Russell, Dr., 326 

— Sir William, 182 
Ruther's Island, 256 
Rutter, Abraham, 319 

Sadler, Captaik, 326 

Sago palm, 25 

St. Andrew, 197, 216, 375, 381 

St. Ann, 19, 281, 289 

St. Ann Vestry Records, 300 

St. Ann's Bay, 272, 299, 302 

St. Catherine, 381 

St. David, 217, 375 

St. Dorothy, 128, 375, 385 

St. Elizabeth, 19 

St. Gabriel's Church, 395 

St. George, 191, 198, 216, 254, 289 

St. Jago de la Vega, 6, 46, 214, 291, 

305, 381, 385 
St. Jago de la Vega Gazette, 39, 

43, 170, 294 
St. Jago Farm, 146 
St. Jago Intelligencer, 39 
St. James, 19 
St. John, Parish of, 123, 381 

— representatives of, 124 

St. Lo, Rear-Admiral Edward, xxi 

St. Mary, 20, 191, 198 

St. Paul's, 395 

St. Peter's, 391 

St. Sophia, 343 

St. Thomas-in-the-East, 375 

St. Thomaa-in-the-Vale, 223 

St. Vincent, 48 

Salcedo, Diego, 278 

Salmon, John, xvi 



Salt Hill; 234 

— River, 389 

— Spring, 344 
Sanchez, Juan, 275, 278 
Sanoroft, 183 

Sandy Gully, 198 

Sanatorium, 334 

Santa Cruz. Mountains, 370 

— Gloria, 270, 272, 275 

— Maria, 334 
Santiago de Pahs, 272-, 275 
Sasi, 87, 146, 259, 281, 286, 289 
Sasser, Don Christopher Amaldo, 

Savanna-Ia-Mar, 8, 346, 365, 367 
Scambler, Thomas, 130 
Scarlett, 33, 103, 234 

— Benjamin, 234 

— Francis, 234 

— James, 339 

— Nicholas, 234 

— Philip Anglin, 339, 340 

— Robert, 339, 340 

— William, 235, 339 

— Sir William Anglin, xix, 339, 


— William'Anglin, 340 
Scarlett's Hall, 339 
Schalch, B. A. C, xx 
Sohleawig-Holstein, Princess M. L., 

Scholarship, Jamaica, 37 
Scholarships, 304 
School, early, 125 
Sohooles, Sir Pipon, xx 
Scotch Kirk, 161, 178 
Scott, Allan, 221 

— Janet, 171 

— John, XV 

— Rev. John, 94 

— Michael, 221 
Scott's Hall, 259, 327 
Seacole, Mary, 182 
Seacole Cottage, 182 
Seated, Lord, 123, 266, 342 
Seated Town, 342 

Seal of Jamaica, 182 
Seaman's Valley; 258 
Seat of Government removed, 153 
Secondary Education Law, 1892, 37 
Sedgwick, General Robert, 47, 68, 
237, 284, 325 

See of Jamaica, 23 

Selwyn, Major-General William, 

xiii, 359 
Serrano, Augustin Pedro, 349 
Seven Rivers, 342 
Sevilla, 267, 272, 278, 291, 348:. 

— d'Oro, 279, 291, 305 

— Nueva, 8, 279, 280, 291 - 
Sewell, L, 196 / 

— Robert, xix, xxiii, 353 

— Sir Thomas, 353 
Seymour, Vice-Admiral Lord -- 

Hugh, xxii, 75, 211, 332 
Shaddock, 26 
Shand, 124 

— John, 103 

Sharpe, Alexander R., xxii 

— John, xxiii 

— Rev. F. H., 322 
Shaw, Holy and Co., 196 
Shaw Park, 289 

Shakespeare, Ann, 295 — 

Sheckle, John, 396 1 
Sheckle's Estate, 396 
Sheemakers, 203 

Sheldon, 166, 180 
Shelton, 304 
Shettlewood, 345 
Shipley's School, 364 
Shirley, Sir Anthony, 46 

— Henry, 318 
Shore, Joseph, 323 
Shortland, Captain, 205 
Shrewsbury, Duke of, 352 
Sibada,' Captain, 288 
Sibbit, Rev. Adam, 395 
Sillers, Mrs. Elizabeth, 163 
Silver Hill, 233 

Simons, Wm., 238 

Simpson, John, 318 

Sinclair, Archibald, Xv 

Sink Hole in St. Ann, 301 

Sip Godfrey Webster, 357 • - 

Skeate, Colonel, 335 - 

Skeen, Nathaniel, 381 

Skipp, Rev. — , 165 
Slaney's Map, 124 , ;- 
Slave cell, 302 .' . 

— trade, 309 ■ - -- 
Slaves, 132, 228:. -i. - : '■; 
Sleigh, Jervis, 142 

Sligo, Peter Marquis of, xiv,- 146 . 



Sligoville, 146 

Sloarne, Sir Haas, 53, 113, 136, 278, 

280, 289 
Smart, Elizabeth, 235 
Smith, 43, 329 

— F., 103 

— Rev. John, 385 
-:- Sir Lionel, xiv 
-^ Rev. TMiohael, 395 

— Robt., 380 

— Rev. — , 137, 171 

— Commodore William, xxi 
Smithfield Wharf, 366 
Smith's Village, 197 
Smollett; T., 66 
Smuggling, 64 

Snow Hill, 217 
Society of Arts, 30, 99 
Soldier's Tomb, 368 
Solebay, 169 
Solitaire, 334 
Sombrio Rio, 11 
Somerly, 367 
Soutar, Mr., 220 
Spanish buildings, 12 

— quarters, 319 

— remains, 342 

— River, 258 

— Town, 15, 20, 85, 191 

— — RoM, 141, 225 
Speaker of Assembly, xvi, 204, 361. 

Spenoe, John, 318 
Speneer, Aubrey George, 91 

— Tomb of Thomas J., 370 , 
" Spinner, Alice,' 221 " 
Spragge, Lieut. -Colonel, 71 
Spring Garden, 220 

— — Portland, 258 

— Mount Estate, 342 

— Path Burial-Ground, 195 

— Valley, 259 
Staokpole, 223 
Stalactites,^ 303 
Stanhope, Lovel, xxiii 
Stanley, Deodatus, 149 
Stanton, Edward, xvi 

— Colonel, 247 ' 

— feev. Eroljert, 97 
Stapleton, Lieutenant, 48, 168 
Star-apples, 271 

Steel, Flora Annie, 345 

Steell, Sir John, 99 
Steevens, MajORRichard, 282 
Stephenson, Alejc^nder, xxiii 
Stevenson, William, 106 

— William James, 170 
Stewart, 14 

— Rear-Admiral, 64 

— James, 103, 306 

— John, xvii, 103 

— Rev. Sam. Hy., 396 

— Archdeacon T., 165 

— Rev. Thos., 348 

— Thomas, 347 

— W. G., 177 
Stewart Castle, 318 
Stirling, Sir Charles, xxii 
Stoakes, Ann, 243 

— Jacob, 240, 242, 243 

— John, 240 

— Admiral John, 240 

— Luke, 237, 240, 241 

— Mary, 242, 243 
Stokes, 239 
Stokesfield, 240, 242 
Stokes Hall, 240, 243 
Stone, 342 

Stoney, Rev. Joseph, 322 
Stony Hill, 197, 198, 220 

— — Barracks, 209 
Storks, Sir Henry, xv, 246 
Stranger's Burial Ground, 195 
Streets, 123, 154 

Stuart, Rear-Admiral the Hon. 

Charles, xxi 
" Study in Colour," 221 
Styles, John, 125 
Success Estate, 339 
Suffolk, 45 
Sugar-cane, 25 
Supreme Court, 182 
Surinam quarters, 371 
Surrey, Map of, 13 
Survey of 1670, 290 
Sutherland and Co., R., 196 _ . 
Sutton, 382 

— John, 392 

— Thomas, xvi, 55 

— Colonel Thomas, 376, 383, 392 
Sutton street, 156 

Suttons, 381 

Swallow, 62 

" Swallow Hole," 301 



Swan, 55, 110 

Swettenham, Sir James Alexander, 


Swift River, 43 
Swiftsure, 45 
Swimmer, Anthony, 48 
Sydenham, 113 
Sydney, H.M.A.S., 45 
Symerons, 324 
Sympson, Edward, 389 

— Robert, 389 

Taboe, Rev. RiCHAED, 94, 385 

Talbots, 159 

Tamarind-tree Church, 130 

Tarleton, 328 

Tavern at Moneague, 302 

Taverns, 38, 103, 370 

Tax, 156 

Taylor, Sir John, 250 

— Joseph, 381 

— Pringle, 181 

— Simon, 72, 103, 206, 250 

— Sir Simon Richard B., 251 
Teale, Rev. Isaac, 308 
Teasdale, Joseph, 196 
Timeraire, 375 

Temple, La Belle, 204 

— Susanna, 156 
Temple Hall, 156, 204, 235 

— Lane, 156, 158, 196 
Thermal Spring, 247 
Thetford, 130 
Thomas Guineaman, 321 
Thomas, Isaiah, 39 
Thompson, 392 

— Charlton, 61 

— Joseph, 386 

— Robert, 30 
Thornton, Benjamin, 373 
"Three Fingered Jack," 233 
Three-mile River Estate, 368 
Three Rivers, 213 

— Sandy Bay, 397 
Thurloe, 284, 325 
Tita, 356 
Titchfield, 254 

— School, 257 
Tobacco, 345 

" Tom Cringle's Log," 221, 258, 341 

Tombs, 169, 233, 247, 294, 318, 

335, 344, 358, 367, 370, 387, 395 

Tombstones, 171 

Toronto, Assistant Bishop of, 162 

Torrington, 238 

Tothill, 235 

Totterdale, Hugh, xvii 

Tower street, 156 

Towers, John, 16, 55 

Towns, Spanish, 9 

Townsend, George Harrison, 387 

Townshend, Hon. George, xxi 

Towton, Rev. Henry V., 385 

Trafalgar, 296 

Trelawny, Ann, 386 

— Edward, xiv, 205, 326 

— Sir William, xiv, 92, 306, 311 


— Lady, 311, 386 
Trelawny Town, 320, 327, 333 
Trew, Rev. John McCammon, 385 
Trifler, The, 340 

Trinity Chapel, 344 

TroUope, Anthony, 221, 222 

Trower, Captain, 71 

Trumpet tree, 25 

Tryall, 342 

TurnbuU, Mr. George, 300 

Turtola, 283 

Tydenham, 302 

Tyrrell, Usher, 142 

Tyson, Colonel, 87, 289, 290 

— Mary, 89 

Undeehill, Dr., 245 
Underwood, Rev. Thomas, 385 
United Service Club, 209 
University College, 229 
Up-Park Camp, 224 

— Pen, 226 
Urgent, 79 

Valentine, 82 

Vale Royal, 250 

Valette, Peter, 248 

Valorms, H.M.S., 58 

Vashon, Vioe-Admiral James, xxii 

Vassall, 382 

— Bathusa, 173 

— Samuel, xvii 

" Vathek," 174, 267, 363, 367 - 
Vaughan, John Lord, xiii, 15, 47, 

52, 111 
Vaughan's Field, 327 



Venabfes, General, 46, 82, 200, 233, 
236, 237, 265, 281, 289, 324, 397 
Venn, Rev. John, 94 
Veragua, Lewis Duke of, 86 
Vera, 19, 378, 382, 392 
Vermigli, Pietro Martire, 280 
Vernon, Admiral Edward, xx,, xxi, 

46, 65, 213 
Victoria, Statue of Queen, 191, 193 

— League, 194 
"Victoria Quarterly," 197 
Villages, Spanish, 9 

Ville de Paris, 73, 119, 122 
Villettes, General William Anne, 

Vintners' Hall, 364 
Virgo, 318 

Vivares, Thomas, 363 
Volcano, extinct, 258 

Wag Water, 9, 218, 235 

— — Estate, 235 
Wager, Sir Charles, xx, 60 
Wagstaffe, Peter, 171 
Waite, Raines, 392 
Wale, Dorothy, 81 
Wales, 318 

Walker, Rear- Admiral Sir Hoven- 
den, XX 

— Captain-Lieutenant. 287 
Wallace, Peter, 242 
Wallen, M., 25 

— Thomas, xv 
WaUenford, 25 

Walpole, General, 328, 331, 337 

Walters, John, xviii, 142 

Walton, 229, 303 

Wanglo, 25 

Ward, Colonel Philip, xviii 

— William John, xxii 
Warwick, Earl of, 46 
Warren, Jno., 380 

— Rev. Thomas, 97 
Waterloo road, 198 
Watling Island, 270 
Watson, Sir Francis, xiii, xv 
Watt, Captain John, 392 
Weapons, Indian, 2 
Webley, Edward, xviii 
Wedderburn, John, 368 
Welch, Richard, xviii 
Welcome, 344 

" Welcome HaU," 338 
Wellington, 181 
Wellington street, 123 
Welsh and Sons, L, 196 
Wentworth, Brigadier, 65 
Werge, Mr., 331 
Wesleyan Church, 37 

— High School, 303 

— Methodist Cemetery, 195 
Wesleyans, 161 

West, Benjamin, 121 

— Dr. Stewart, 28 

— and Co., Henry, 196 

— — John, 196 
West Chester, 157 

— street, 196 

" West Tavern," 38 
West India Committee Circular, 

— — Prisons Bill, 188 

— — Regiment, 226 

" West Indies and the Spanish 

Main," 222 
Westmacott, Henry, 323 

— Sir Richard, 205, 323 
Westmoreland, 19 
Weston Eavell, 318 
Weymouth, 62 

Wharfe, 196 

Wharton, Rev. Thomas, 29 

Wheler, Rear-Admiral Sir Francis, 


Whetstone, Thomas, xvi, xx 

— Sir William, xx 
White, Edward, xxii 

— Rev. James, 385 

— John, xiii, xv, xviii, 48, 55 
White Cross Church, 393 

— River, 43 

Whitfield, Colonel Charles, 242 

— Rev. Hy. Wase, 396 
Whitelocke, General, 353 
Whyte, Rev. George, 322 
Wickstead, Philip, 364, 367 
Wilberforce, William, 232, 310 
Wild horses, 124 

Wildman street, 156 
Wiles, James, 26 
Wilford, General, 332 
William III, 374 

— IV, 75 
William street, 123 



Williams, Bartholomew Owen, 170 

— Eev. Joseph, 94, 385 

— Joseph, 340 

— Mary, 294, 340 

— Rev. Thomas P., 322, 396 

— Thomas, 294 

— Colonel WiUiam, 367 
Williamsfield, 144, 342; 364, 366 
Williamson, Sir Adam, xiv, 181, 


— Rev. William, 144 

— Rev. W. H., 322 
Willis and Waterhouse, 196 
Wilson, Canute, 389 

— John, 199 

— Nathaniel, 29 

— Reginald, 48 

— Robt., 243 

Windsor, Thomas Lord, xiii, 183 
Windsor Fort, 302 
Windward road, 375 
Wingfield, Harbottle, 48 
Wintle, J., 103 
Wiseman, Captain, 287